Anbang Insurance Group, owner of New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria, has tapped architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill to oversee much of the hotel’s renovation. The firm has submitted renovation plans to the New York City Landmarks Preservation.
Anbang also has brought aboard interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon for the upgrades.
Much of the effort will focus on restoring the hotel’s lobbies, event rooms and other public spaces. The design firms will emphasize removing elements that are inconsistent with the 86-year-old building’s original art deco design and restoring art deco elements, while updating the building’s functional capabilities.
Anbang didn’t disclose details about how many hotel rooms and residences the Waldorf will have when it reopens. The hotel closed on March 1 and the renovation may take as long as three years to complete.
Founded in 1936, New York-based Skidmore Owings & Merrill has completed more than 10,000 projects, including Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and New York’s Freedom Tower. The firm has also designed San Francisco’s St. Regis Hotel and Residences, the Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street and, more recently, New York’s Baccarat Hotel & Residences.
Chicago-based Pierre-Yves Rochon’s interior work includes the Four Seasons London at Park Lane and the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, which is slated to open in June.
The Waldorf Astoria New York operated at its Park Avenue location from 1931 until closing on March 1. The hotel, which will operate under a 100-year management contract with Hilton when it reopens, has been an official New York City landmark since 1993.
Source: Danny King