A new rendering was posted for 319-321 West 38th Street, an upcoming 26-story Best Western Hotel in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Gene Kaufman Architect and developed by 319 West 38th Steel, LP, the 250-foot-tall structure will span 44,200 square feet with an undisclosed number of hotel rooms and a collection of amenities. LK Design Bureau is the structural engineer and Omnibuild Construction is the general contractor for the project, which will rise from two adjoining interior plots between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
The main rendering depicts a slender rectangular tower that closely matches the heights of the adjacent buildings. The base incorporates the brick façades and cornices of the existing four-story structures. Above, the exterior transitions to gray metallic paneling for four stories before a setback, followed by a red brick envelope surrounding square industrial-style windows. The tower culminates in a cornice and mechanical bulkhead wrapped in gray fluted paneling. Best Western signage will adorn the ground-floor frontage.
Recent photographs show the two former residential buildings gutted and braced by steel beams as crews work to restore their brick façades. Excavation and foundation work is underway behind, and the new superstructure could begin to emerge sometime this spring.
The below Google Street View image details the look of the low-rise occupants of the property before work began.
319-321 West 38th Street’s anticipated completion date is slated for summer 2025, as noted on site.