External work is complete at 215 Pearl Street, a 38-story hotel in the Financial District. Gene Kaufman Architect, which took over from Nobutaka Ashihara Architects, is the architect of record and designing interiors as well. Lam Group is developing with The Rinaldi Group as the construction manager, the 165,655-square-foot structure will house a Courtyard by Marriott and a Residence Inn by Marriott with a total of 320 guest rooms.
215 Pearl Street has been in the works for a number of years and had endured stretches of delays in its construction. Our very first story came out nearly eight years ago when plans were first announced, though it wasn’t until the summer of 2016 that the reinforced concrete superstructure finally began to rise above grade. The superstructure topped out in the latter half of 2018 as exterior work progressed under a layer of black netting and scaffolding, but the final look of the façade wasn’t revealed for some time.
The hotel, with its large flat walls facing Pearl Street and the subtly angled cantilevering extrusion on the upper northeastern corner, certainly looks better in actuality than in the renderings. This is in large part to the dark exterior walls above the glass podium, which give the structure a much more toned-down and neutral presence than the white and earth-toned appearance as formerly planned. The final product blends better with the nearby structures, which are almost all enclosed in more traditional façades of glass, steel, and immaculate stone masonry.
The Marriott Residence Inn will offer a mix of studios and loft-style terrace suites fitted with kitchenettes. Amenities for future guests include a 24-hour fitness center with an attached terrace, a restaurant and bar, a communal lounge, and meeting rooms.
A finalized completion and opening date for 215 Pearl Street has not been announced, though we could expect that milestone imminently.