Designed by Ennead Architects LLP, The Standard, Hotel is located in New York, United States. Twenty-five feet above the street, an abandoned 75-year-old elevated railroad line meanders through this district. This railbed-the High Line-has been reinvented as a linear public park. The eighteen-story hotel straddles the park, engaging its urban context through contrast: in its material quality, its proportions and its relationship to the High Line and the street. Muscular concrete piers, whose sculptural forms clearly separate the building from the orthogonal street grid, raise the building fifty-seven feet, allowing the horizontally-oriented industrial cityscape to pass beneath it and natural light to penetrate to the street.
The two slabs are “hinged” to further emphasize the building’s distinction from the City’s grid and its levitation above the neighbourhood. The low-scale context affords the building unusual visibility from all directions, and its interaction with the High Line creates a stepped transition from the street, shaping distinct public spaces that afford visitors unique views of the City from all directions.