The Roman and Williams-designed Viceroy New York has debuted in Midtown Manhattan. Principals Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer took their inspiration from film noir—“notoriously stylish, a collision of the old world and the new world,” Standefer described in a statement.
The building references the neighborhood’s pre-war structures through the use of fluted, cast-glass bricks at the street level, brass fluting at the base, and windows with black muntins. The hotel is situated out on a grid between two flanking walls as vertical steel struts climb the façade, elements that are reminiscent of Mies van der Rohe’s architecture. “Our grid of Neo-Miesian design looks further back with the choice of casement windows and muntins,” Alesch explained in a statement. “So in fact, it is more pre-Mies than Neo-Miesian.”
Inside, Roman and Williams used vintage and custom-designed items, along with figured stone. The firm also incorporated Paonazzo marble throughout the building. The hotel’s 240 guestrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows framed in exotic woods, leather furnishings, and a mix of metal accents.
At the Kingside restaurant, Alesch and Standefer integrated a crisp palette of black and white, enhanced by a classic food counter surrounded by bright red stools and caramel leather banquettes. Evoking the feel of a luxury airliner, a lounge and outdoor deck called the Roof opens in December with ipe floors, brass details, custom walnut and leather sofas, and photos of the sky and sea.