SOM in the Press

Anbang Taps Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for Waldorf Astoria Renovation

Source: 6sqft

...Anbang bought the Waldorf for a record $1.95B in 2015, and since that time has shown support for preserving the historic interiors, even agreeing to work with the LPC on the design before the spaces were landmarked....

For the past year, SOM has been “diving into architectural archives, researching photos and, in some cases, unearthing pieces stored for decades to plan a restoration of the landmark exteriors as well as the interior public spaces,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Their attention to detail goes as far as the exact color of the exterior bricks, known as “Waldorf gray.” They’ll also reinstate features that have been lost over the years, such as more slender frames around the exterior windows, maple burl wood panels on the main lobby walls, and “dramatic indirect lighting.” More involved plans call for moving the reception desks south of the lobby and opening up three coves in the Grand Ballroom ceiling.

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