Dream Downtown

The New Dream Hotel in New York City

The Dream Downtown developed by hotelier Vikram Chatwal opened its doors to the public at the end of June, 2011. The 190,000 square-foot property includes 316 rooms and suites, a lobby restaurant and VIP penthouse lounge, an expansive pool and beach, and a restaurant and bar headed by the acclaimed Dr. Chef Miguel Sanchez Romera. The bright reflective building is already on its way to making a mark on the neighborhood. The new hotel is located at 346 West 17th Street between 8th and 9th, visible from the recently unveiled High Line in Chelsea.

The new facade is part of a renovation of the Covenant House. Originally designed by by Albert Ledner, has been converted in a design by architect Frank Fusaro of Handel Architects, in New York City. What was once a homeless shelter is now becoming a world-class hotel.

Zahner was selected for the firm's expertise in how to design and build a custom facade system to match the desired aesthetic and performance. Zahner also worked with Handel Architects on a previous project, the 9/11 Museum at the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Like the 9/11 Museum, the Dream Downtown features a custom ambient stainless steel surface with medium reflectivity.

The complex engineering of the architect's drawings required a series of "portholes" on the face of the building, dozens of circular windows cut into the buildings surface. This design choice mirrors the original design by Albert Ledner, which features a number of portholes still visible today. The metal siding for these apertures are also clad with the same semi-reflective metal surface, so Zahner played a large role in engineering these holes to fit. Zahner is responsible to both the architects as well as the contractor McGowan Builders.

North facade of the Dream DowntownStaircase inside the Dream Hotel

 

North facade of the Dream Downtown / Staircase inside the Dream Hotel.
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South facade of the Dream Downtown in New York City

South facade of the Dream Downtown in New York City.
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Metal fabricators at Zahner's shop manufacture the window systems for the New York City facade.

Metal fabricators at Zahner's shop manufacture the window systems for the New York City facade..
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North facade of the Dream Downtown

North facade of the Dream Downtown.
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Hotel guests enter the south entrance of the Dream Hotel in NYC

Hotel guests enter the south entrance of the Dream Hotel in NYC.
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Detail of the metal panel system of the south side of Dream DowntownThe Dream Downtown

 

Detail of the metal panel system of the south side of Dream Downtown.
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Photo of Metal Panel Installers on scaffolding at the Dream HotelDetail of the Dream Hotel's Northwest Facade

 

A metal panel installer on the Dream Downtown / Photograph of the Northwest facade.
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