Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Regal Grounds

I love the urban sophistication of New York City's Palace Hotel. Similar to noted and nearby Paley Park, both are small pocket parks that serve as welcome mats to the mass of surrounding architecture. The colossal iron gates that protect the site are fabulous and the little lantern hanging above the entrance works well to adjust the scale for the occupier of the space. It's green touches of evergreen urn offerings are welcome additions to the concrete dominated landscape and the simple site furnishings work well to appropriately complement the visitor. An intimate respite from the city beyond, I think it's genius.