Revealed: 11 East 31st Street

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Construction is finally moving along at 11 East 31st Street, which will soon be a 33-story and 260-room boutique hotel. Simon Development Group and Cube Capital are building the project, while Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman is the architect of record. The plan is a definite departure from the Emerald City-inspired design initially planned several years ago.

11 East 31st Street

11 East 31st Street — image from GSK

Compared to many of Manhattan’s newer hotels, the building’s appearance could be surprisingly nice; the facade is simple enough, while the building’s urban form is also adequate. The structure does break the street-wall after the first few floors, but besides that, nothing is offensive — and indeed, the detailing that will define both the base and the roof will add an element of visual appeal to the project.

11 East 31st Street

11 East 31st Street — image from GSK

In what might be a first for Midtown hotels, 11 East 31st Street is jumping on the cantilever craze; the building will have a minor protrusion over its eastern neighbor. The emphasis is definitely on minor, as it should be barely noticeable.

11 East 31st Street

11 East 31st Street — image from GSK

Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman’s website has additional renderings of the project, which give a comprehensive look at the plans. The attention to the rooftop lattice — and its echoing of the base — is another subtle effect that will enhance 11 East 31st Street’s aesthetics.

11 East 31st Street

11 East 31st Street

Per on-site signage, completion is expected in the spring of 2016, and the project’s working name is Cuisie 31. After a long wait, excavation seems to have begun, so it does appear things are finally moving forward.

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