ModernHaus SoHo opens in downtown Manhattan

by | 11 May 2021 | Design

Skyline King Studio Guest Room at ModernHaus SoHo (imagery: © Nikolas Koenig)

A stellar team that includes Thor Equities Group, Melissa Bowers, George Mendes and David Rabin has teamed up to create a stunning luxury hotel in the heart of New York City.

This 114-key property in New York City’s SoHo neighbourhood, which represents real-estate giant Thor Equities Group’s first hospitality brand, features an extensive art collection and a signature restaurant by Michelin-starred chef George Mendes.

Reflecting the neighbourhood’s artistic spirit

In addition to showcasing the work of prominent artists, ModernHaus SoHo on Grand Street boasts 11,000 sq ft of outdoor space. The hotel also sees the return of nightlife mainstay Jimmy, which is known for its rooftop and pool deck with 360-degree views of downtown Manhattan.

“With ModernHaus SoHo, our goal was to create a communal living room and gathering point in SoHo for New Yorkers and visitors alike,” said Jack J Sitt, director of Thor Equities Group. “We’re excited to welcome guests into our new home that will be known for its prime location, contemporary touches, exceptional outdoor space, Michelin-star culinary talent and first-rate social offerings.”

The hotel’s art collection, curated by Sitt, pays homage to the identity of the local area by incorporating the paintings and sculptures of artists like Alexander Calder, Hans Hartung, George Condo, Harland Miller, Jean Dubuffet, Hans Hofmann, Nicolas Party and Kaws.

“ModernHaus SoHo will be an extension of the neighbourhood’s creative and artistic spirit,” explained Sitt. “As a resident of SoHo myself, I’m proud to help lead a project that breathes new life into the community after such a long and challenging year. Every element has been created in pursuit of greater connectedness between the guests, the city and SoHo’s heritage. The building’s art and design reflects, and is inspired by, its immediate surroundings.”

SoHo’s new social hub

One of the hotel’s hallmarks is its abundance of outdoor space. The hotel provides more outdoor space per room than any other in downtown Manhattan, suiting the current need for social distancing with multiple lush lounges, outdoor bar and event space, and the rooftop pool deck. Moreover, the retractable roof of the hotel’s restaurant Veranda affords open-air dining opportunities.

In terms of design, the hotel, which is managed by Highgate, is inspired by the Bauhaus art movement. The stylist and interior design consultant Melissa Bowers worked with Sitt to come up with a minimalist layout featuring clean lines, geometric harmony and large windows.

Across ten different categories, guestrooms and suites feature reclaimed wood floors, vibrant artwork and panoramic city views. The most luxurious space is the Gallery Penthouse spanning 1,300 sq ft, which benefits from separate living and dining areas, and affords views of Manhattan Bridge and the Freedom Tower from its position on the 16th floor.

A Michelin-starred chef behind the stoves

The restaurant Veranda was created by Michelin-starred chef George Mendes in collaboration with hospitality industry veteran David Rabin. Diners can expect a globally inspired American menu and two bars for casual drinks or pre-dinner cocktails; one bar has a spacious terrace and the other has its own entrance on 6th Avenue.

Meanwhile, the hotel’s second floor is home to breakfast and cocktail bar Jumpin Jacks, which has a high-end coffee programme, while the lower level houses The Signature Room, a sophisticated 3,100 sq ft space with private dining room and terrazzo bar.

And rooftop nightlife venue Jimmy resumes operations with a refreshed look that retains its core design sensibility. This space, curated by David Rabin, offers panoramic views over Midtown, Wall Street, the Hudson River and the bridges of the East River.

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