The new hotel at 218 West 35th Street is closing in on its pinnacle, and has risen three-quarters of its total height; it will eventually stand 40 floors in total. At 432 feet, the building won’t make an impact on the skyline, as it’s on the southern end of the densest part of Midtown; however, it will be noticeable from the Penn Station vicinity, and enjoys local prominence along One Penn Plaza’s retail corridor. From the north, it will practically be invisible.
With a total of 342 units, the hotel will be mid-sized, though larger than the typical new hospitality developments rising in the Garment District and Chelsea – especially height-wise, as most have been topping-out short of 25 stories. The facade is a mystery, as is the eventual hotel occupant, as aspects of the design and overall construction have been kept under tight wraps. Hopefully the cladding will be mildly contextual, as the building’s height does make it semi-noticeable from certain angles. At the very least, 218 West 35th Street contributes to the thoroughfare’s urban canyon – despite a slight regression from the street-wall – as its 40 floors are a significant addition of sheer density.
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