Our neighbor the Standard Hotel landed a nice New York Times
review by Nicolai Ouroussoff yesterday. Ouroussoff points to the Standard's architects, Polshek Partnership, as an example of a trend toward more "serious" firms looking for "the right balance between innovation and restraint."
"The first of a string of projects linked to the development of the High Line
, a park being built on a segment of abandoned elevated rail tracks, the new building's muscular form is strong enough to stand up to both its tacky neighbors and the area's older industrial structures. Its location, on Washington Street at West 13th Street, exploits the clash of scales that has always been a gripping aspect of the city's character.
In short, it is the kind of straightforward, thoughtfully conceived building that is all too rare in the city today."
Industrial Sleek (A Park Runs Through It)
Serious Architecture for the Standard