The Grand Street Hotel, precariously rising on the former site of the Moondance Diner at the bottom of Soho, is a grand secret no more. Via the Web site of architect Eran Chen's ODA, the firm behind 15 Union Square West and yesterday's transfixing Long Island City bakery reveal, we have our first complete look at the 16-story boutique hotel, the subject of much neighborhood controversy over its plans for three bars and an elevated plaza that would create an eight-foot-high wall at street level. Things have changed!
The new rendering of that wall is far less menacing than the version seen in the community meeting, with greenery, glass and big circular lights tossed in to brighten the mood. Will it be enough to appease neighbors? Ponder that while we cut to the archibabble:
Transformation from night to day creates structure for the Grand Street hotel interiors. Open layouts with layers of texture, transparency, and depth provide a background for the fluid character of the rooms. Cool woods with expansive sun lit windows cast radiant light on clean lines; these among many are the elements framing these suites.
Who doesn't love cool woods? The Soho Grand, that's who, which is just one block over on West Broadway and will soon be facing some stiff competition. Based on the rendering, that rooftop bar is going to have some pretty stunning views.