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THOMAS BALSLEY DESIGNS COURTYARD FOR NEW INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL IN NEW YORK CITY

February 8, 2011

Remember Madison Square Park installation?

Now this is pretty cool….Chic in a mid-town kinda way. More notably Bailey says that

Thomas Balsley Associates are responsible for this little diddy. details below.

“The courtyard for the Intercontinental is designed to oxygenate the hotel, both literally and figuratively. It offers a visual and spiritual retreat to the hotel’s travelers and guests as they retreat from the city’s bustle.”
Oxegenate…..

Located in the center of the vibrant Times Square entertainment district, this new four-star hotel serves as a base for well-traveled tourists and dignitaries from around the world. The building’s lobby is intended as a respite from the hustle and bustle of the street, and Balsley’s courtyard is its serene centerpiece.

This private, “vest-pocket” park first becomes visible to the entrant through a window just beyond the check-in desk, an oasis of tranquility afloat in the interior that entices and welcomes hotel guests as they walk into and around the lobby. Deceptively simple, the courtyard is actually comprised of a series of strategically layered landscape features, all of them conceived and orchestrated by space-maker Balsley.

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