Marriott SpringHill’s Superstructure Continues to Rise at 223 West 46th Street in Times Square

Rendering of 223 West 46th Street - Gene Kaufman ArchitectRendering of 223 West 46th Street . Designed by Gene Kaufman Architect

Construction is nearing the halfway mark on 223 West 46th Street, a 34-story Marriott SpringHill hotel in Times Square. Designed by Gene Kaufman Architects and developed by McSam Hotel Group, the project will yield 70,000 square feet and 200 guest rooms. The property is located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, a short walk from the large stretch of pedestrian plazas and retail stores that line the crossroads of the world.

Recent photos show the degree of progress on the reinforced concrete superstructure since our last update in mid-September, when construction had surpassed the roof level of the adjacent building. More floors have been added since then and work on the façade is underway.

223 West 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Metal stud frames can be seen along the edges of the building between each floor plate, to which the façade paneling will be attached, while yellow DensGlass gypsum panels are being installed in front of the assembly with cutouts for the windows. The simple grid and lack of setbacks or massing variations should speed this process. 223 West 46th Street will eventually culminate in a relatively flat parapet with a pushed-back mechanical extension from the main southern elevation. Hotel guest amenities will include a ground-level fitness center, a ground-floor restaurant with outdoor seating, and a rear yard.

223 West 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

223 West 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

223 West 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The height of the structure will make it roughly the third-tallest on the rectangular parcel, but it will be overshadowed by the mammoth Marriott Marquis at 1535 Broadway located directly across the street. Other nearby high-rise projects include the Morgan Stanley Global Headquarters to the north along West 47th Street and the slender W New York – Times Square hotel at 1567 Broadway, diagonally across from the construction site. Though it likely won’t achieve skyscraper status, the tower will nonetheless contribute to the vertical density of the neighborhood and supply accommodations for one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.

It’s conceivable that 223 West 46th Street could finish sometime in late 2021. A formal completion date has not been announced.

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16 Comments on "Marriott SpringHill’s Superstructure Continues to Rise at 223 West 46th Street in Times Square"

  1. Gene Kaufman “Architects”

  2. Total garbage. Though the city is also at fault here for insisting on these setbacks.

  3. WOW, amazing how the rendering of this eyesore is better than the actual building? Considering it must have been “designed” by one of Kaufman’s children on butcher paper, doesn’t say much!
    At least when it is demolished in the future, it won’t be missed. ?

    • Confused in st louis | December 28, 2020 at 12:05 pm | Reply

      I have to disagree. I’m no defender of GK’s designs. But the actual buildings, as bad as they are, usually are better than the horrible flat lifeless renderings.

  4. David in Bushwick | December 28, 2020 at 10:18 am | Reply

    My college dorm built in the 60s looked slightly better.

  5. The plain, dull, and depressivness of Gene Kaufman’s designs are just the definition of ugly. What a disgrace.

  6. Nothing especially “Super” about this “Structure”

  7. You’ve got to be kidding.

  8. Worst. Architect. Ever.

    Gene, you could do a great service to the city by retiring, and closing your office.

    McSam obviously hates New York.

  9. Disgusting lack of care for this city, putting up such a horrible pile of crap.

  10. Yuch
    But better than what was there previously

  11. Hi, where can I apply for the lottery? Thanks!

  12. Stephan J Smith | December 29, 2020 at 5:58 pm | Reply

    Im amazed how many microwave ovens you can stack without the tower falling over.

  13. Awa Toure it’s fantastic I need your help wonderful

  14. Having standards is important, in all areas of life.

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