TO NEW YORK WITH INFINITI May 2011
Shedding its 80’s glitz, mirrored walls and highly polished stainless steel fixtures, the hotel is going through a dramatic overhaul, as part of a $65 million refurbishment project. The iconic New York hotel, conveniently situated adjacent to Grand Central Station, is being transformed, with 1,311 updated luxury guest rooms, a new ballroom and a refurbished bar and restaurant.
Designed by Bentel and Bentel, the hotel’s bar and restaurant, known as New York Central, is cantilevered over 42nd Street and boasts unique views of the bustling sidewalk below. While its sloping glazed roof is an attractive feature, allowing daylight to penetrate the building at low levels, it increases the risk of unwanted solar heat gain and glare. To help control light, heat and glare, while retaining impressive views outside, Levolux proposed a custom Solar Shading solution, based on its Infiniti Fin system.
The Infiniti Fin system is an innovative, flexible Solar Shading system that accommodates a wide range of Louvres, which can be secured internally or externally and fixed horizontally or vertically. With unique concealed fixings and an integral stainless steel locking plate, Louvres can be fixed at almost any angle and can be cantilevered past the last vertical support.
77 extruded aluminium Aerofoil Fins, measuring 150mm wide, were fixed horizontally above the bar and restaurant, suspended under an inclined glazed roof from existing steelwork. The Aerofoil Fins, each spanning 2750mm, create a striking continuous aesthetic of blades at high level, running along the length of the building.
Additional extruded aluminium Louvres are to be incorporated elsewhere, fixed vertically to form an attractive three sided Louvre screen. Levolux’s Infiniti Fin system, with its horizontal and vertical Aerofoil Fins, successfully blends form and function to create an attractive, yet highly efficient shading system.
With their cool grey powder coated finish and stainless steel fixings, Levolux’s Infiniti Fin system is virtually maintenance free and like all Levolux solar shading systems, it is backed by a three year warranty.
The completed Solar Shading solution at the Grand Hyatt New York, not only creates a cool new look that will appeal to discerning visitors and guests during the day or into the night, but also ensures the venue uses less energy to keep it cool when the sun shines.