7. März 2020
Meticulously designed by creative agency Atelier Ace, Sister City is a new hotel at the intersection of simplicity and beauty. Nothing is extravagant but every detail is thoughtfully considered and executed, from the clean, unadorned walls and custom cherry-wood furnishings to the hotel’s ever-changing amalgam of culture and technology
A living, evolving respite for contemporary travelers, catering to guests’ individual nuances while delivering them to the wider world.
Mindful design, artful technology and seamless functionality impart a sense of balance and belonging, and provide guests with both autonomy and considered care. Every element of Sister City was holistically designed toward an expressly innova- tive experience built for the future but rooted in the present moment. From the intuitive website where guests can animate and personalize their stay (requesting extra pillows or a dog bowl, for example) and where account members can secure the lowest rates, to the self-service registration kiosks that enable guests to check-in and collect their own room keys.
Sister City teams up with Headspace to provide a grounding meditative service to recenter and orient oneself, fostering a sense of attention and self-care while traveling in one of the busiest cities in the world.
Sister City is a hotel distilled to its most beautiful working parts. With 200 intimate, efficient rooms designed in-house by Atelier Ace, the hotel’s grounding design champions simplicity, efficiency and beauty. Every aspect was considered through the lens of attention to detail, craft, form and materiality: each original Noguchi lantern is hand numbered and stamped; the Italian cherry-wood furnishings are stripped down to be purposeful, quiet and beautiful; and the custom terrazzo vanities in-room are precise representations of Less, But Better. Plants deliver guests out into the world and into Sister City, too. An urban garden offers a transportive, transitional moment between the hotel and the city, lending a sense of calm for arriving guests.
Sister City launched a first-of-its-kind Lobby Score, an ongoing series made in partnership with Microsoft’s AI technology and informed by the environment
via a sky camera on the hotel’s roof. The current score is by Grammy-nominated musician and multimedia wunderkind Björk, an ever-evolving audio experience that loops and shifts as clouds, pigeons, sunsets, rain and snow pass by. Drawing from some of the Icelandic architect of sound’s favorite choral arrangements throughout her career — including recordings by the Hamrahlid Choir, who visited Sister City in May of 2019 — the score becomes an immersive auditory experience filled with choral interludes and ambient, ethereal soundscapes. Playing 24/7 in the Lobby of Sister City, the score is a living extension of the hotel, and a way for guests to experience site-specific music anew. For the first installment of the Lobby Score which launched with the opening of the hotel, Sister City worked with experimental electronic musician Julianna Barwick in April of 2019. Sister City will continue its partnership with Microsoft to develop ongoing collaborations with iconic musicians for the future Lobby Scores.
Last Light is a neighborhood bar perched on the 11th floor of Sister City, offering a uniquely wide view of New York City’s skyline from the interior’s windowed walls and from two outdoor roof patios. Helmed by Beverage Director Josh Hanover, the drinks menu features inspired cocktails, curated natural wines and local draft beers. An ode to the bar’s panoramic sunset vista and the city’s vast night skies, Last Light is a beacon for sky and spirits.
Floret is an all day Bowery restaurant on the ground floor of Sister City. Executed in partnership with award-winning Chef Joe Ogrodnek, formerly of Battersby, Floret offers a seasonal menu that exalts individual ingredients and the local purveyors they came from. Bridging the urban pastoral with the calm atmosphere of Sister City, the restaurant features warm-weather garden patios, a private dining room, cus- tom designed lighting and an original brick wall on the north-facing side.
Images: Adrian Gaut