The Standard, High Line

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The Standard, High Line

Anchoring the High Line, the iconic concrete and glass Standard High Line catalyzed the redevelopment of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District and continues to define and anchor this vibrant neighborhood.

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The Standard and those who step up to its glass are placed in a unique embrace with the city – private meets public, individual meets collective, and the question of whether architecture affects the way we live answers itself.

Todd Schliemann, Design Partner
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Straddling the High Line, an abandoned section of a 75-year-old elevated railroad line, which passes over the buildings of the district and has been developed as a new linear public park, the building responds to its context through contrast.

Sculptural piers, whose forms clearly separate the building from the orthogonal street grid, raise the building fifty-seven feet off the street, allowing the horizontally-scaled industrial landscape to pass beneath it and natural light to penetrate to the street. 

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The two slabs are “hinged,” angled to further emphasize the building’s distinction from the city’s grid and its levitation above the neighborhood. The juxtaposition of the building’s two materials – poured-in-place, board-formed concrete and glass – reflects the character of New York City: the gritty quality of the concrete contrasts with the refinement of the water-white glass.

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The Standard High Line defines a new paradigm in hotel design, challenging the conventions of private and public in a daringly modern structure. This exterior wall breaks with the traditional architecture of hotels, replacing opacity with transparency, privacy with openness.

The low-scale environment affords the building unique visibility from all directions, and unobstructed 360-degree views of the city are ensured from the building. Responding to the client’s mandate, the design conceives the hotel as a public place, incorporating gathering spaces for guests and community members. The south plaza becomes an urban living room, enlivening the street and contributing to the vibrant traffic of the Meatpacking District.

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Details

Year
2009
Location
New York, NY
Size
204,500 GSF
Program
337 Guest Rooms, Lobby, Bar, Restaurant, Meeting/Banquet Spaces, Terrace, Roof Deck, Nightclub, Gym/Spa, Offices

Team

Ennead Design Team
Gary Anderson, Darla Elsbernd, John Labombard, Tara Leibenhaut-Tyre, Apichat Leungchaikul, Amy Lin, Kevin McClurkan, Megan Miller, Kenichiro Mito, Michael O'Meara, Saem Oh, Jesse Peck, Todd Schliemann, Alan Slusarenko, Frederick Tang, Maya Weissman-Ilan
Interiors
Roman and Williams
Photography / Videography
Ryan R. Browne, Jeff Goldberg/Esto, Spirit of Space/Small Stuff

Awards

  • 2012
    • AIA National Honor Award
  • 2009
    • Annual Design Review Award, Architect Magazine
    • Municipal Art Society, MASterworks Award for Best New Building
    • Society of American Registered Architects, National Design Award
    • Award of Excellence, Society of American Registered Architects/New York Council
    • American Council of Engineering Companies New York, Engineering Excellence Diamond Award
    • Concrete Industry Board, Award of Merit with Special Recognition
    • NY Construction Magazine Best of Awards Program, Award of Merit

Press

  • 2012
    • Mays, Vernon. "The Standard" (Architect Magazine, 5/2012)
  • 2010
    • Jacobs, Karrie. "Voyeurs’ Delight" (Metropolis, 1/13/2010)
  • 2009
    • Ouroussoff, Nicolai. "Industrial Sleek (a Park Runs Through It)" (New York Times, 4/9/2009)
    • Lange, Alexandra. "Standard Operating Procedure" (Design Observer, 3/15/2009)
    • Tyrauer, Matt. "Hop on the High Line" (Vanity Fair, 2/2009)
  • 2011
    • Garcia, Brianne . "Interview with Todd Schliemann, Architect of The Standard Hotel NYC, About The Hotel Rooftop" (Complex, 6/10/2011)
  • 2010
    • Kaminer, Ariel . "A Singular Perspective on the Urban Mosaic" (The New York Times, 8/13/2010)
  • 2009
    • "Luxury Comes as Standard" (World Architecture News, 11/6/2009)
    • Davidson, Justin. "A Delicate Colossus: The Standard Hotel is a big, brawny exhibitionist with a surprisingly sensitive touch. " (New York Magazine, 1/26/2009)
    • Minutillo, Josephine. "Polshek Partnership raises the bar with a new benchmark in hotel design at the Standard New York" (Architectural Record, 10/2009)