Rising at 605 feet above 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York, the Baccarat Hotel & Residences is the first of its kind in the United States offering views of Central Park, the Empire State Building, and many other landmarks. In 2012, AECOM Tishman was hired to demolish the existing New York Public Library which previously occupied the grounds and was brought on board as general contractor.

Logistical Demands

Located directly across from the MoMA and in close proximity to St. Thomas Church, the project became logistically challenging. The project site was in the middle of and adjacent to four other commercial properties as well, requiring careful planning and protection of all pedestrians during the superstructure and exterior wall erections.

Distinguished Design

Designed by SOM, the Baccarat draws on the form and craftsmanship of the crystal brand founded by King Louis XV. Such designs distinguish the hotel from its surroundings, and the high-quality materials used were imported from all around the world.

The Baccarat Hotel’s north and south elevations feature curtainwall, and a sleek, black metal façade clads its east and west elevations. These surfaces are inspired by the austerity and minimalism of the neighboring MoMA building designed by Edward Durell Stone.

Distinct Elements

The 46-story structure’s interior contains three distinct programmatic elements stacked vertically above one another: a street accessible public library, a nine-story luxury hotel within the podium, and tower condominiums.

Paris-based Gilles & Boissier designed the hotel’s guestrooms and Ingrao Inc. served as the interior designer for the residences.