Core77 Design Awards
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Located in the heart of the Theater District, CIVILIAN NYC is a 27-story hotel that merges accessible luxury, functionality, and high design with a focus on convenience and bespoke experiences for the modern traveler. CIVILIAN quotes from the look and feel of old theaters, with marquee-inspired lighting, dramatic curtains, transformative set and stage-like elements, dressing room-inspired guestrooms, and the raw industrial materials of backstage life. The hotel includes 203 guestrooms, a restaurant, secret garden, guest lounge, library, and a rooftop bar with striking views of the city.
Central to CIVILIAN is the Olio Collection, the first-of-its kind curated art program with permanent and rotating works by emerging and established theater creatives and contemporary Broadway photographers. As part of the program, CIVILIAN will donate a portion of its daily fees to American Theatre Wing to help in its mission of support for so many of the creatives affected by COVID.
Guests enter the hotel through what feels like a discreet side stage door into a runway-like vestibule with an abstract interpretation of marquee lighting. On the second floor, CIVILIAN's main bar and lounge is a raw space that feels like a theater's back of house, offering two distinct areas for guests to enjoy libations. A spacious brick terrace with cafe seating overlooks 48th Street. The main bar is filled with Broadway-inspired artwork, a piano, and floor-to-ceiling glass vitrines featuring contemporary set design models.
A second, more intimate library lounge provides a private haven from the bustling restaurant and bar. The library has a dark, speakeasy feel with royal blue paneling and plush velvet banquettes surrounded by custom vitrines housing permanent and rotating exhibits of one-of-a-kind theater props and costume pieces.
Evoking vintage dressing rooms, each guestroom is punctuated by rich colors, luxurious linens, and tactile fabrics, as well as curated artwork.