Exterior Work Progresses on the Topped-Out Ritz Carlton at 1185 Broadway in NoMad

The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad. Photo by Marriott International, Inc.

Exterior work is progressing on the topped-out Ritz Carlton Hotel at 1185 Broadway in NoMad as the curtain wall approaches the building’s 580-foot-tall pinnacle. Designed by Rafael Vinoly and developed by MarriottRitz Carlton Hotels, and Flag Luxury Properties, the 40-story skyscraper will yield 150,000 square feet and 250 guest rooms, which will sit above a multi-story podium rising from the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street.

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

Since our last construction update back in late May, the lower levels of the relatively flat reinforced concrete superstructure have been largely covered in the final enclosure of glass and gray-colored stone slabs.

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

Workers installing a floor-to-ceiling glass panel on the southern side of 1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

Above the podium setback sits what appears to be a mechanical section with black-painted walls and a series of square and rectangular cutouts in the flat surfaces. These are situated between the row of square concrete columns that run up the edifice toward the roof parapet.

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

Meanwhile the external perimeter walls for the hotel rooms have mostly been put in place. Diamond-shaped cutouts can be spotted against the glass, most likely protective material.

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

The main southern elevation contrasts with the window-less northern wall, which houses the egress and elevator cores down the center line. This is highlighted by the vertical array of windows that puncture the slightly protruding concrete surface, which is flanked by thick horizontal strips of gray panels that mark the levels of 1185 Broadway.

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

From the east, the floor plates incorporate angled corners aligned to the street grid below the property’s footprint.

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

The Ritz Carlton is expected to be finished sometime in 2021.

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13 Comments on "Exterior Work Progresses on the Topped-Out Ritz Carlton at 1185 Broadway in NoMad"

  1. What a beautiful design. I love it.

  2. ..And Gene Kaufman has nothing to do with this?
    Swear?

    • Kaufman could never imagine designing something this beautiful. And I’m not suggesting this is that beautiful, lol

      • Completely agree. This is not one of Vinoly’s best – I often think given his spotty portfolio that he’s more monkey-at-the-typewriter than Shakespeare – but it is a decent project, making it insurmountably out of Gene Kaufman’s clammy reach.

        Although I enjoyed Monath’s Kaufman dig nonetheless.

  3. 1 half great the other half a disgrace…

  4. David in Bushwick | October 12, 2020 at 10:18 am | Reply

    The tower design is really quite well down as an elegant, updated mid-century reimagination.
    The base couldn’t fit into the neighborhood any less and belongs near some highway.

  5. The base and hi-rise is kind of a takeoff on the Lever House (1952) on Park, which broke the mold. Broadway is so cramped at 29th St. that this is about the best that could be done.

  6. Beautiful building…

    but …

    With “social distancing” our
    NEW NORMAL, a majority of office workers telecommuting from home, Broadway theatres closed until June 2021 or longer?, no live concerts or sporting events to attend in person, restrictions on partially opened schools, libraries and museums, huge losses in retail (including closure of department stores, ie. Lord & Taylor, Century 21, and possibly even the new “bankrupt” Neiman Marcus? at Hudson Yards), hundreds of bars and restaurants facing closure unless Federal Aid comes to the rescue?, the airline industry currently decimated by Covid (with limited flights), the non-existent cruise industry, and a near Depression level economy affecting the lower & middle class …

    I strongly feel this Ritz Carlton faces a MAJOR CHALLENGE of getting a high occupancy rate for their rooms! Wish them luck.

    Anyone else thinking same thing??

  7. Man I hate the backside of this thing. When did it become acceptable that 25% or more of a new building’s exterior look like absolute garbage? I wish developers could be held to a higher standard and I don’t understand the praise for this building; even its front side is average at best.

  8. Michael D. Skelly | October 12, 2020 at 5:10 pm | Reply

    Hotels are going in to chapter 13 just to stay alive, unless they are ready to take in the homeless and welfare cases, they will not last to long, all would change if we could just cure the virus.

  9. What a lovely soon to be SRO.
    As EJ sings “Sad, so sad. What a sad sad situation”

  10. NoMad adds class! Very excited for this Ritz-y new addition to NoMad! Congrats to all for pursuing to make this happen and your commitment to move forward even during this Pandemic. We are #NoMadstong and continue throughout as one of the most vibrant parts of the city.

  11. There’s a least 3 hotels on west 29th street that have nothing but homeless.
    And I mean, today, I walked past the Hilton at 6th ave/west 29th and everyone outside was homeless and completely high.
    WTF.

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