Though it remained an evocative symbol of Times Square’s golden age, the Hotel Langwell, a German Renaissance-style hotel had lost a bit of its glimmer over the years. So when AKA acquired the storied property in 2008, it made the decision to undertake a top-to-bottom makeover. Agencie was the structural engineer for the two years of design and renovation. The hotel is transformed into a streamlined, contemporary look, with a luxurious penthouse, roof garden and additional guest rooms. These days the hotel is distinguished as much by its design as by its Times Square location and illustrious history.
The renovation jazzed up the hotel’s iconic signage with a new 36-foot-tall blade sign that rises atop the entrance marquee and graces the 44th Street frontage. Agencie engineered the structure of the sign and the attachment to the existing cast iron structure. The sign is studded with light-emitting diodes. Additional work on the ground floor was the creation of a more open lobby layout. To achieve this, columns were eliminated.
The hotel’s penthouse was reimagined by architects’ Piero Lissoni and Stephen Potts who sought to respect the property’s past while introducing sleek, modern furniture and an airier feel. With the addition of three guest rooms the hotel now features 108 rooms, the most impressive being the expansive 3,000-square-foot Penthouse Suite. Formerly four suites that have been combined, it features a cantilevered stair, living room with a grand piano and a luxurious bar area. Outside, a private terrace serve as a leaf-dotted oasis in the area that was once the hotel’s main mechanical services area.
Stanev Potts Architecture
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Sarrah Khan, PE