The colorful Radio Tower & Hotel, a new 23-story mixed-use tower in Washington Heights, is now open to guests. Located at 2420 Amsterdam Avenue, the project was completed by developer Youngwoo & Associates with architects MVRDV and Stonehill Taylor.
The property includes a 221-room hotel, ground-floor retail, office space, and a Jalao NYC Dominican restaurant on the 19th floor with its own indoor-outdoor lounge. Additional outdoor space includes an 8,000-square-foot courtyard and a ground-floor garden.
The building features a ceramic brick façade that breaks away into eight boxy volumes, each with its own distinct color. From top to bottom this includes a vibrant lime green and yellow that transition into subdued blue, red, orange, teal, and magenta cladding. According to the design team, the unusual material selections are meant to evoke the diversity of the surrounding neighborhood.
“Our intention with Radio Tower & Hotel was to become a part of—to strengthen, even—the character of a neighborhood that is wonderful in its color, diversity, and atmosphere,” said MVRDV founding partner Winy Maas. “Our building shows that new high-rise developments don’t have to overwhelm their surroundings and be disconnected from their neighborhoods. They can be a good neighbor, a friendly neighbor, instead.”
Now open, the hotel rooms range from 150-square-foot floor plans with bunk beds up to 450-square-foot premium suites priced at $670 per night.