Royalton Hotel

Roman and Williams

Location: New York

Principal use: Hospitality

Client: The Morgans Group

Floor area: 650m2 (7,000ft2)

Design period: January – April 2007

Construction period: July – October 2007 Budget: $10m

Whether or not you are of the opinion that Philippe Starck’s iconic design for the midtown Manhattan Royalton Hotel should have been landmarked, the gutting and renovation by New York-based designers Roman and Williams was bound to be contentious. Even before pencil was put to paper dissenters were making themselves heard.

In 1988 newly-fledged enfant terrible Starck partnered Ian Schrager, the brains behind the notorious 1970s nightclub Studio 54, to unveil his provocative and surreal hotel extravaganza featuring ...

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