Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has released some of the first renderings for the restoration and conversion of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, which recently closed its doors for a three-year renovation. Earlier this month, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to deem several interior portions of the famed Art Deco building a city landmark. The exterior of the building has been a historic landmark since 1993.
"Our design for the Waldorf Astoria New York reclaims the full potential of one of New York City’s most legendary buildings and opens a new chapter in the hotel’s celebrated history,” said SOM’s Roger Duffy. "The Waldorf Astoria has been an audacious civic icon since it first opened in 1931, and we are honored to be leading the effort to restore this Art Deco masterpiece, while turning it into a world-class destination for the 21st century.”