Modular Building Institute

citizenM New York Bowery Hotel

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Stephen B. Jacobs Group, PC
Polcom Modular
New York, New York
Building Use:
Gross Size of Project:
100200 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    This new hotel located in New York’s Lower East Side was originally designed as a conventional poured-in-place concrete building. Our innovative client, citizenM, decided to have us redesign the hotel using modular construction. Because of the change in structural system, the double height mechanical room, originally located on the 18th Floor, was moved to the 3rd Floor, and a three foot thick concrete ‘mat-in-the-sky’ was poured on the 4th Floor, on which the steel framed modules are stacked. The hotel consists of 210 modules, majority being doubles (guestroom-corridor-guestroom), for a total of 300 guestrooms. The building is set back to provide a plaza filled with greenery and seating for the public, leading to a double height lobby and lounge below. The rooftop bar with outdoor space above the guestrooms provides spectacular city views. citizenM Bowery is the tallest modular hotel in the world, on the oldest thoroughfare in Manhattan.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The closed and controlled environment of a factory allowed for an efficient build and a higher quality of finish in the construction of the hotel guestrooms. 300 guestrooms were completed within four months in the factory. Each guestroom was completely fitted out with plumbing fixtures, lighting, furniture and finishes before delivery to the site. The only interior items of the guestrooms that needed to be installed on-site were the bed mattress and television.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The ability to construct 15 floors of guestroom modules in a factory, simultaneously as the base building site work was being done, led to a shortened construction schedule and therefore cost savings. In addition, the hotel was designed with only two guestroom types: a typical room and an accessible room as required. A typical guestroom is only 8 feet wide by 20 feet long. The efficient layout of compact repetitive modules maximizes the number of guestrooms the site can provide and so, a higher profitability for the hotel.
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