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 Hotels acquired the storied property in 2008, it made the decision to undertake a top-to-bottom makeover. Agencie is the structural engineer for the project. 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 structural engineering involved extending the elevator shaft and replacing the elevator. This involved complex sequencing as the hotel was in operation while the elevator was replaced. The renovation jazzed up the hotel’s iconic 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 LEDs.