Yabu Pushelberg uses muted hues at Four Seasons Downtown New York
Four Seasons Downtown by Yabu Pushelberg

Yabu Pushelberg pairs warm wood and muted hues at Four Seasons Downtown New York

Design firm Yabu Pushelberg has completed the interiors for the Four Seasons hotel in Downtown Manhattan, using dark wood in the public spaces and soft colours in the guest rooms.

The Four Seasons Downtown New York is housed in a 937-foot-tall (286-metre) tower also known as 30 Park Place, completed by American architect Robert A M Stern in 2016.

Four Seasons Downtown by Yabu Pushelberg

The 185-room luxury hotel is located on the lower floors, with 157 private residences accommodated on top.

Yabu Pushelberg, which has offices in Toronto and New York, was tasked with the design for the three lowest levels that house guest amenities, and the hotel bedrooms above.

Four Seasons Downtown by Yabu Pushelberg

The hotel has its own entrance on the ground floor, where visitors enter through a pair of giant glass doors.

On the ground floor are the lobby and a business centre, which are divided into a series of smaller spaces that include lounges and a coffee bar.

Four Seasons Downtown by Yabu Pushelberg

"Diverting from a more traditional layout, asymmetry is embraced, and provides a reoccurring theme throughout the hotel," said Yabu Pushelberg.

"Breaking up a harder architectural shell, furnishings, custom rugs and accessories in muted jewel tones soften the overall space."

Four Seasons Downtown by Yabu Pushelberg

The studio chose dark wood to panel walls and columns, which is softened by lighter upholstery and travertine stone flooring.

At reception, a bespoke desk formed from horizontal layers of stone sits in front of tall lavender-coloured curtains.

Four Seasons Downtown by Yabu Pushelberg

A double-height staircase, which has a decorative metal lattice balustrade, leads up to a ballroom and meeting rooms on the level above.

Wood panelling continues in these spaces, along with gold-coloured walls.

Four Seasons Downtown by Yabu Pushelberg

"In the ballroom, a sculptural installation forms a canopy of light, a loose interpretation of a tree canopy, above a custom carpet pattern that suggests shadows below," said the studio.

The third guest amenity level houses a gym, a swimming pool and a spa – all finished in a much lighter colour palette to create a "more soothing design vocabulary".

Four Seasons Downtown by Yabu Pushelberg

Typical bedrooms also feature soft hues, used across furniture pieces, patterned carpets and textured fabrics.

"The standard room combines a sense of entry, a layering of architectural elements and finishes with bespoke furnishings to provide a warm, residential quality," Yabu Pushelberg said.

Four Seasons Downtown by Yabu Pushelberg

Speckled and marbled stone cover surfaces in the minimal bathrooms, which boast large mirrored vanity units and freestanding tubs.

New hotels are constantly opening in Manhattan. The Dream Downtown in Chelsea, 11 Howard in SoHo and the Arlo "micro hotel" in Hudson Square are among recent examples.

Photography is by Scott Frances.

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