MVRDV's colourful Manhattan high-rise opens as the studio's first US project - architecture and design

MVRDV's colourful Manhattan high-rise opens as the studio's first US project



The Radio Tower and Hotel, Dutch architecture studio MVRDV's first completed US design, has opened in Manhattan, featuring colourful, irregularly stacked volumes.
It was designed collaboratively by Dutch firm MVRDV and local firm Stonehill Taylor, which acted as the architect of record. The 23-storey tower was completed this year and opened in September, four years after the project kicked off in 2018.
The Radio Tower and Hotel features stacked, colourful boxes
Sited in the Upper Manhattan's Washington Heights neighbourhood, the building's primary occupant is a hotel with 221 rooms. The tower also contains a restaurant, shopping spaces and for-rent office space.
The building's various volumes were sized to each have the same scale as the surrounding neighbourhood buildings. The building includes various rectilinear volumes
Each was also clad in a different brick colour, ranging from yellow, blue, orange and green. According to the architecture studios, this prevents the tall building from "overwhelming" the adjacent streets.
"The property is designed to stand out and serve as a welcoming beacon for out-of-towners coming into Manhattan," said Stonehill Taylor.
It is the first ful-service hotel in Washington Heights, Manhattan
According to MVRDV, the multi-coloured bricks in green, yellow, blue, orange and magenta also represent the "diverse and vibrant" character of the neighbourhood.
"The design of Radio Hotel and Tower is inspired by tha...
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