Hotel Catalogue 19

Perry Sayles

Degree(s): JD, Law School, Columbia University; BA, Yale University

The Hotel Catalogue 19 is located in New York City's Chelsea district. Chelsea is home to some of the world's most renowned art galleries, and this hotel caters to an art-focused clientele. The hotel is built around the High Line, a 1930s-era elevated railway track that has been converted into an urban park. There are towers on either side of the High Line, and a glass-roofed lobby runs under the elevated park.

        Resident artists occupy studios on the second and third floors of both towers, with guest rooms and a top floor lounge above. Guest rooms feature art by contemporary artists, and receptions, artist's talks and music performances take place in the lounge. The artists' studios are visible from the High Line park, and can be seen as well from the lobby below. A large, informal bistro, a design shop and an open-air pool are located on the ground floor, and a lower-level spa has access to the open-air pool.

          Materials throughout reflect the industrial nature of the original neighborhood and the sophisticated elegance of surrounding galleries, restaurants, and the High Line itself. Guest rooms have walnut-paneled dressing areas, grey marble wet areas and leather-lined closets. Flooring is walnut with inset custom carpets. The entire neighborhood is visible from the glass walls of the guest lounge on the top floor, in which strong colors play off a bronze-clad fireplace and walnut paneling. Lobby finishes include bronze and glass elements, a green terrazzo floor, and large, sculptural seating in bright colors.

          Faculty for the project:Caroline Meersseman