Baccarat Hotel and Residences

The Baccarat tower by SOM is a 605-foot, mixed-use building located on the 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City, directly across the Museum of Modern Art. The  project consists of exclusive condominiums, a luxury hotel and a public library.
Photography of Albert Vecerka/Esto

Photography of Albert Vecerka/Esto

The hotel’s interiors were conceived by the French design duo Gilles & Boissier to combine the classic elegance of a Parisian hotel with the contemporary aesthetic of its midtown New York City location. Gilles & Boissier designed many of the hotel’s furnishings including commissioning several never-before-seen works from the Baccarat factories. Classic pieces were also curated from the brands’ archival and contemporary collections for the public spaces and rooms. Additional features include: the beautiful parquet wood flooring, woven rugs, hand-pleated silk wall coverings and stainless ribbed ceilings, mica-coated ceilings and mirror and marble wall treatments. Seventeen custom chandeliers hang throughout the property – many suspended by rough cord rope – while one stand-out chandelier is made exclusively out of wood and hangs in the second-floor bar.
Photography of Albert Vecerka/Esto

Photography of Albert Vecerka/Esto

French curators Stephanie and Frederic Chambre assembled the hotel’s art collection, which includes works from important movements over 250 years since Baccarat’s founding. Commissioned original art and one-of-a-kind furniture from renowned French artists Francois Houtin and Armand Jonckers can also be found throughout the hotel.
Photography of Albert Vecerka/Esto

Photography of Albert Vecerka/Esto

Each of the hotel’s 114 guest rooms and suites feels like a private pied-a-terre. Room categories start with the generous Classic King and ascend to the Baccarat Presidential Suite, the hotel’s ‘piece de resistance’. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, sitting areas and custom jacquard linens by Mascioni. Hidden from the sleeping area by hand-painted French doors, white marble bathrooms boast glass-enclosed showers with oversized shower heads and exclusive amenities were created for the hotel by Parisian perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. A tablet equipped with state-of-the-art technology controls all aspects of the room, including temperature, lighting and room service. A custom-designed Baccarat red enamel mini-bar offers delights from the French gourmet house Fauchon. On the telephone handset, a button marked ‘Champagne’ allows guests to order a bottle of their favorite vintage to their rooms accompanied by signature Baccarat fluted glasses. Guests of the luxury suites will have the added feature of complimentary La Mer skincare products and nightly salon services. All guests complimentary use of the house car, a vintage Citroen, for transport within 15 blocks of the hotel.
Photography of Albert Vecerka/Esto

Photography of Albert Vecerka/Esto

Located at street level, the signature contemporary French restaurant Chevalier takes its name from Baccarat’s longtime and most beloved creative director, Georges Chevalier, who was responsible for ushering the crystal company into the modern age. The restaurant redifines the brasserie de luxe in New York City, referencing the original brasseries of Paris, while also showcasing the reinterpreted and updated French classics. It will be opened for dinner, lunch and breakfast, including a European-style morning meal at its front bar. Guests may reserve the restaurant’s private dining room La Cour for up to 25 persons, featuring a seasonal chef tasting or bespoke menu paired with sommelier-selected wines.
 
Consummate host Charles Masson, late of the beloved Midtown Manhattan French institution La Grenouille, will serve as Chevalier’s Restaurant Director. Executive Chef Shea Gallante, who earned a Michelin star for his work at the Manhattan restaurant Cru, helms the kitchen. Gallante will also oversee the menus for the Grand and Petit Salons, the Bar and seasonal outdoor terrace overlooking MoMA, en-suite dining and the Harmonie Room, the hotel’s private-event space. On the hotel’s second floor, the Grand and Petit Salons offers light breakfast fare, afternoon tea, small plates and evening cocktails. The hotel’s bar, inspired by the stables of Versailles, serves hand-crafted cocktails, aperitifs, fine wines and a light bites menu. Throughout the hotel, guests sip drinks from a kaleidoscope of more than 15,000 pieces of mixed-and-matched Baccarat crystal stemware.
Photography of Albert Vecerka/Esto

Photography of Albert Vecerka/Esto

 The Baccarat Hotel and Residences exhibits its elegance and luxury in the tower podium where guests and residents have access to a variety of distinct amenities: bars, event spaces, lounges and a world-class spa and fitness center.
 
Project Information :
Architect : SOM
Location: New York, USA
Project year : 2015
Total Area : 347,000 square feet
 

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