Chambers Design Hotel
The Rockwell Group

February 21, 2005 /

New York, New York, USA

Chambers Design Hotel. Photo courtesy The Rockwell Group

The Chambers Design Hotel combines a rough, industrial downtown aesthetic with an uptown classic "townhouse" polish.

Inspired by the nearby MoMA and neighboring galleries, an outstanding contemporary art collection line the walls of both the public spaces and the guest rooms, at Chambers hotel. Visitors have the sensation of walking into a private collector's townhouse, where there are more than 500 original works of art.

The 14-story hotel occupies a narrow lot, similar in scale to the historic neighboring townhouses, at a prime midtown location. The glass facade is punctuated by a set of giant "woven" walnut doors, topped by a bronze canopy. 

Chambers Design Hotel. Photo courtesy The Rockwell Group

Photo courtesy The Rockwell Group

The two-story lobby, with an open mezzanine, features a monumental fireplace, an ebony and parchment reception desk, leather wrapped columns, and soft velvet couches and chairs. The subtle shades and textures of the furnishing, combined with the eclectic art collection, creates an atmosphere that is both exciting and soothing.

The walls are a variety of textures from concrete, to delicate hand-rubbed plaster to translucent etched glass, the floors are wide plank walnut. The glass elevators, lit on the exterior from below and above, dramatically illuminates the raw shafts and mechanics. 

Photo courtesy The Rockwell Group

Photo: arcspace

Each hallway has a site-specific art piece, or installation, by an artist. 
John Newson's 8th floor hallway theme is a colorful garden environment with over-sized berries, birds, and butterflies. Smaller paintings with the same theme spill into the guestrooms on the floor.

Photo: arcspace

There are 72 rooms and five suites, including a duplex apartment-style suite with its own large terrace. The rooms have a loft-like quality with concrete walls and walnut plank floors. The bathrooms have concrete floors, inset with handmade iridescent glass tiles, translucent glass walls and doors.

The showerheads are giant "rainwater" style, the tubs extra deep for Japanese style soaking. All the rooms have cordless telephones, high speed internet, plasma screens, DVD and CD players. Music and movies are available from the hotel's extensive library.

Photo courtesy The Rockwell Group

Photo: arcspace

The two-story "Town" restaurant, owned and run by chef Geoffrey Zakarian, has soft lighting, leather banquettes and a waterfall of cascading crystals. The walls are clad with golden acoustical panels. The dimly lit bar can be accessed directly from the street. 

Photo: arcspace

Photo: arcspace

In walking distance to MoMA, Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, and several other significant buildings, Chambers hotel is the perfect location for exploring architecture in midtown Manhattan. 


Image courtesy The Rockwell Group


Drawing courtesy The Rockwell Group

Drawing courtesy The Rockwell Group

Facts about Chambers Design Hotel


The Rockwell Group


Ira Drucker
Richard Born and Steve Caspi

Last updated: December 19, 2013

See also

Copyright 1999 - 2017 arcspace all rights reserved.