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Work starts on Maiden Lane hotel

Rendering of the new Hotel Indigo.
Rendering of the new Hotel Indigo.

Hotel Indigo, a brand of the InterContinental Hotels Group, started construction at 8-12 Maiden Lane in the Financial District on October 15.

The 90,000 s/f structure designed by Gene Kaufman Architect has 24 stories and 190 rooms as well as a ground-floor restaurant and a rooftop bar.

The hotel’s design is a mix of old and new. The façade combines old-school masonry, for the bottom third, with sleek, modern glass, for the upper stories.

The interiors, which GKA also designed, use muslin and other fabrics that call to mind Maiden Lane’s history as a place where 19th-century young women came to wash their clothes. A 19th-century-style curiosity, or wonder cabinet in a small lounge off the lobby also recalls the area’s past.

The 240-foot-high upper section of the façade does double-duty as both the building’s face and as a clock, with each floor representing an hour. As the day progresses, the floors light up successively until, at midnight, the entire upper section is sheathed in light, which is then extinguished as the process begins anew.

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