The Dream Downtown Hotel in New York City

The Dream Downtown Hotel, designed by Handel Architects, features a Zahner engineered custom façade and window system. To mitigate glare, the stainless steel is custom finished to medium reflectivity. The perforated ZIRA system lends an element of visual interest and added rainscreen functionality.

Zahner was selected to collaborate on the project due to the complexity of engineering required. The architect’s drawings outlined dozens of circular windows to be cut into the façade, mirroring parts of the preserved historic building, originally designed by Albert Ledner.


Hotel guests enter the south entrance of the Dream Hotel in NYC.
Hotel guests enter the south entrance of the Dream Hotel in NYC.
North facade of the Dream Downtown / Staircase inside the Dream Hotel.
North facade of the Dream Downtown / Staircase inside the Dream Hotel.
South facade of the Dream Downtown in New York City.
South facade of the Dream Downtown in New York City.
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..
North facade of the Dream Downtown.
North facade of the Dream Downtown.
Detail of the metal panel system of the south side of Dream Downtown.
Detail of the metal panel system of the south side of Dream Downtown.