Cassa Hotel by Enrique Norten and TEN Arquitectos

Mexican architect Enrique Norten and TEN Arquitectos have unveiled their design for Cassa, a hotel and residential tower in New York City.

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Here's some info from the architects:

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Cassa Hotel: Cassa is located in mid-town Manhattan, at 70 West 45th Street, two blocks north of Bryant Park.

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This tower is a dramatic architectural statement, using its windows and their punctured rhythm to become the facade's only ornaments, distinguishing it from the more conventional glass and stone edifices of New York's midtown.

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Cassa's program mixes public and private: combining restaurant and bar with boutique Hotel and luxury Condominiums that share a common triple height lobby.

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The resulting design allows the two to co-exist while functioning independently.

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The tower itself is delicately proportioned, resulting from the small site and slender floor plate, like an Obelisk marking the site.

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Above: lobby desk

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Above: lobby entrance

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Above: lobby terrace