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The Future Waldorf Astoria Hotel Is a Marvel of Design

Source: Architectural Digest

Nearly everything about the forthcoming two-to-three-year renovation of New York’s Waldorf Astoria has been planned with an eye to the hotel’s glittering past. And while many historic events have occurred within its limestone and Waldorf Gray brick walls since it first opened in its current Midtown location, in 1931, the next incarnation will be most informed by the establishment's earliest years. To bring that sepia-tinted vision to life, the property’s owner, Anbang Insurance Group of China, has selected architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP—responsible for One World Trade Center and the Burj Khalifa, among other iconic buildings—and interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, who masterminded the remodels of both London’s Savoy and Paris’s Four Seasons George V hotels.

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