Renowned for the playful nature of his designs, Philippe Starck has worked successfully with Ian Schrager Hotels to create hotels of distinctive character. One of the more recent is the Hudson Hotel in New York, which opened in October 2000.
The spacious lobby bar literally turns conventional concepts of floor and ceiling upside-down.A mural on the ceiling hints at a traditional swirling hotel carpeted floor;
while covering the entire walking surface of the floor, 600 x 600mm translucent, laminated glass panels create a grid pattern which suggests a suspended ceiling.
Connecting the lobby to the main entrance on 58th Street is an all-glass tunnel.
Casting a soothing, subdued Chartreuse hue, the tunnel's 1.5m x 3m glazing panels use a variety of Vanceva Design interlayers .
Unique character 'Starck was looking to achieve a very distinct, unique Chartreuse colour for the glazing, ' says Wesley Depp, owner of Depp Glass, the laminator on the project. 'Our challenge was to match a colour swatch that Starck was using in the lobby. Vanceva Design was the only product that could achieve the hue we needed.
We provided the look the client wanted, while meeting important safety and structural requirements.'
Architect: Philippe Starck Laminator: Wesley Depp Project completed:2000