6 Platt Street has topped-out, and most of the cladding is up at the future Four Points by Sheraton. New York has many unfortunate hotels currently under construction, but 6 Platt takes the stale, sugar-less, post-Soviet cake. With a facade defined by small, irregularly spaced windows, the new building would make the perfect setting for a prison-themed reality show, or perhaps the future consulate of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, should relations with the reclusive nation improve.
The color of the facade, which was depicted white in renderings, is instead an off-hue of yellow, somewhere on the spectrum between taupe and rotten egg. In fact, it would seem Nobutaka Ashihara – a firm that generally produces decent-looking structures – took inspiration from The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gillman. In it, the mentally ill narrator describes how “[on] a pattern like this, by daylight, there is a lack of sequence, a defiance of law, that is a constant irritant to a normal mind. The color is hideous enough, and unreliable enough, and infuriating enough, but the pattern is torturing.”
6 Platt Street will offer a total of 263 rooms. For comparison’s sake, the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, which is the closest visual approximation to 6 Platt, holds a prisoner population of 683. Besides the awkward placement of the building’s few windows, 6 Platt also suffers from a roof deformity; the protruding top will host the ‘Four Points by Sheraton’ signage, a decidedly negative departure from the austerity of the prison in Chicago. The developer is the Lam Group.
Completion of the new Four Points is expected next fall. 215 Pearl Street, which is also an Ashihara design, will stand adjacent to 6 Platt’s bare eastern facade, and rise 39 stories. Together, the pair of hotels will deliver over 500 new rooms.
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