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Virgin-Hotel Renderings of NYC's first Virgin Hotel (Credit VOA Associates / Lam Group)
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is building a four-star Virgin Hotel in the heart of Manhattan’s flourishing NoMad neighborhood. After breaking ground in late 2015, the 412,000-SF project has made its way above street level — initiating its 510-foot climb into the skyline. The venture is spearheaded by the prolific hotel developers of the Lam Group who picked up the site’s two pre-existing buildings for $72 million in August 2011.
Virgin-Hotel-03 Virgin Hotel at 1225 Broadway with the Empire State Building behind (CItyRealty)
Virgin Hotel Look down at the site (CityRealty)
Virgin-Hotel-3 Google Earth aerial showing location of forthcoming Virgin Hotel (CityRealty)
The contemporary glass tower is designed by VOA Associates (their first high-rise in the city) and will be one of the largest and tallest hotels south of Midtown. Its 465 rooms will rest on a glossy 90,000 SF retail- and amenity-filled podium stocked with dining and drinking establishments, outdoor terraces, meeting rooms, lounges and a fitness center.
Virgin-Hotel-043 Bird's-eye view of Virgin Hotel's podium
Anchoring the Broadway block between West 29th and 30th Streets, the project flanks NoMad’s commercial spine and is a stone’s throw from the pioneering Ace and NoMad hotels. The retail spaces will feature vaulted ceilings and full-height glass exterior walls. Newmark Knight Frank is in charge of finding the right mix of retail tenants and told REW in 2014, “this project will spearhead the NoMad Broadway corridor as the next boutique retail corridor in Manhattan.”
According to VOA, the new concept rooms will include large suites and two double-height “rockstar” suites. The uppermost floors will have a sky lobby club room with a private roof deck and banquet hall. Views from mid- to upper-floors will be far-reaching to the south and the Empire State Building will be the highlight to the north. The tower’s relative solitude won’t last long, however. Along NoMad’s side streets, a multitude of residential towers are underway including The NOMA next door and the supertall 262 Fifth Avenue a block away.
1165-Broadway-04 (Credit VOA Associates / Lam Grou)
1225-Broadway-05 (Credit VOA Associates / Lam Grou)
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