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Is the Waldorf Astoria New York’s Most Beautiful Adaptive Reuse Project?

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The multiyear renovation project of the Waldorf Astoria—one of New York City’s most iconic historic and cultural landmarks—is a major undertaking as the hotel is remodeled to incorporate newly designed private residences. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been tasked to restore the nearly-century-old building to its original design principles and aesthetic, and the elements of adaptive reuse are guiding the project.

Frank Mahan, who specializes in adaptive reuse and is associate director and senior designer at SOM, notes that the restoration exemplifies both preservation and sustainability. “It gives you great opportunities to preserve the building’s historic, cultural, or architectural significance,” Mahan tells AD PRO...

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