488 Madison Avenue

November 27, 2016

Originally built in 1950 as the headquarters for Look Magazine this landmarked building is known for its minimalist aesthetic and ribbon windows.  Hill West redesigned the Look Building’s lobby, entry canopy and the commercial base through careful interpretation, rather than restoration of the historic original which has been altered in renovations of the 1990’s.  Taking inspiration from the streamlined Art Moderne aesthetic, the designers created a canopy and numerals that look as though they have been with the building since it was designed in the 1950s with the freshness of present day.  The lobby interiors were updated and are lined with veined marble that feels both historic and timeless. The designers looked to the spacing on the mullions above the base and carried down metal bullnose mullions to tie the commercial base to the rest of the building.  The retail base looks both fresh and historically appropriate with contemporary details such as frosted glass behind the retail signage.  Hill West rose to the challenge and created a modern renovation that captures the essence and spirit of the historic building.

LANA Hotel and Residences

December 14, 2016

LANA Hotel and Residences at 515 9th Avenue is 12-story mixed-use hospitality/residential building that contains 108 residential units and a 90-key hotel.  Hill West created this unique building with a shared fitness facility and separate residential amenities that include rooftop terraces. The concept behind LANA was to create an intimate hotel with edgy amenities and to pair it with a boutique residence.  The white paneled exterior with playful fenestration patterns has numerous terrace spaces that evoke a sense of Miami in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen.

The Trump Building

November 27, 2016

Originally completed in 1930, this 72-story landmarked Art Deco building in New York City’s Financial District was falling into disrepair when Hill West was called upon to refurbish over one million square feet of office space.  Full floors range from 6,000 to 15,000 to 38,000 square feet.  Exterior brick and limestone needed cleaning, repointing and repair, and the heating, ventilating and AC systems needed improvement. The lobby was renovated with Italian marble and bronze and each level was once again rendered fit to be called “The Crown Jewel of Wall Street” as it had once been known.

The Trump Building was declared a landmark in 1998 and boasts beautiful bronze doors with a sculpture of Oceanus over the entry and a famed 2 story marble banking hall with mural by Ezra Winter of Rockefeller Center fame.

The Plaza Hotel

November 27, 2016

L. Stephen Hill collaborated with Historic Preservationists, landscape architects, interior designers and developer El Ad Group to give The Plaza Hotel, at the corner of Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, a stunning renovation that included converting portions of the hotel into 282 ultra-luxurious residential condominiums.  A separate residential lobby was carved out of the ground floor that also includes a new hotel lobby, bar, and retail spaces.  Luxurious new hotel accommodations and amenities gave this historic hotel an update worthy of its world-renowned status.

7 Penn Plaza

November 27, 2016

Working with our affiliated interiors firm, Whitehall, Hill West created a new entry canopy and lobby for this corporate office tower. The lobby was transformed into a 16 foot, grand space clad in honed and textured limestone. The new reception desk, wrapped in polished marble and onyx mosaic sits in a central location accentuated by a strategically dropped ceiling. Cove lighting and warm hand applied Venetian plaster finish add warmth to this serene space that is classic, clean and fresh all at once.

We collaborate with our affiliated interiors firm, Whitehall to create holistic buildings that are as thoughtfully designed on the interior as they are on the exterior.

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