When the Waldorf Astoria opened on Park Avenue in 1931, it was the tallest hotel in the world. While its record height has since been topped, the institution is set to make history again when its ultra-plush residences open in 2022 after a five-year renovation. Jean-Louis Deniot was in charge of this reboot and Boca do Lobo Blog has even previously unveiled the luxury amenities in the penthouse areas.
While several of the hotel’s interiors are protected under landmark status, Jean-Louis Deniot was given carte blanche for The Towers’ 375 condominiums. Always evaluating how the architecture and interiors should work harmoniously, Jean-Louis Deniot recalls how the hotel’s original structure was quite simple, having been built rapidly within a two-year timeframe.
“You can respect the history of a building and come up with a new story that still refers to that history without using pastiche,”
That being said, Jean-Louis Deniot hardly plays it safe. Aspiring for New Yorkers to find renewed pride in the Waldorf Astoria, he injected the residences with a distinct point of view that embraces unique colour stories and finishes.
Ranging from studios to penthouses, the units are comprised of 124 configurations, ensuring that each owner has a unique space. Solid custom-paneled interior doors with antique bronze hardware give way to polished marble countertops, Gaggenau appliances, and details like tile mosaics and herringbone floors. Ceiling heights typically range from ten to 13 feet, except in the building’s two pinnacle penthouses, which boast 40-foot ceiling heights and give the landmark its iconic silhouette. Previously used for storage, these spaces have never before been livable.
One of the project’s most unique features is that every unit will contain a concierge closet integrated into the design of its entryway for secure package delivery, laundry, and room service. But the attention to privacy actually begins before even stepping foot into The Towers’ two lobbies: a double-height, vaulted porte cochère with 24-hour valet service is exclusively available to residents.
Indoors, shared amenities are created for tenants to enjoy time alone as much as with friends and family. The standout for Jean-Louis Deniot is the 82-foot Starlight Pool that overlooks Park Avenue in a double-height space on the 18th floor. A first for the hotel, the pool occupies a former ballroom and features a blue-and-white-porcelain-inspired colour palette that subtly nods to the current owner, China’s Dajia Insurance Group (formerly Anbang Insurance Group).
Adjacent to the pool is the Winter Garden, a vine-covered bar and lounge, while the main private entertaining space, the Grand Salon, is also available for residents to book. Among the additional spaces to unwind are rooms for wine tastings, billiards, and games, as well as a Presidential Library, which pays homage to the hotel’s storied history of hosting American dignitaries.
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