Hotelier Andre Balázs is putting the final touches on his latest hotel, The Standard Hotel in New York is now taking reservations, and will likely open just before Christmas. No photos yet, but have a look at some scenes from the existing Standard Hotel locations in Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles.
While we were in New York for ICFF, we were invited to go on a tour of the new Standard Hotel, which is located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. For those who aren’t familiar with The Standard Hotel group, it’s a small collection of boutique hotels, each with its own unique modern design. The New York location is the latest addition to the group, which also includes locations in Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, and Miami Beach.
The Standard Hotels are part of André Balazs Properties, and André Balazs himself gave us the tour of his latest creation. Like a proud parent who is always willing to talk about their children, André was enthusiastic about pointing out and discussing all the design details that combine to create the experience of staying at the Standard.
Visitors to the Standard are likely to first experience the presence of the building from a few blocks away, as it rises far above the surrounding buildings of the Meatpacking District. A vibrant public courtyard on the corner of Washington and 13th Street provides a soft greeting to the hotel. It’s here where you’ll probably stop and look up at how the building arches over and straddles the High Line.
The vibrancy of the courtyard follows you into the lobby, where you’re greeted by designer furniture leading up to the front desk. Passing by a framework of crafted masonry space dividers, you’ll enter an elevator and be on your way to one of the 337 guest rooms with floor to ceiling windows that offer amazing views of either across the Hudson River or the Manhattan skyline.
The rooms come in a variety of layouts that André Balazs explained were made possible by designing the building from the inside out. Bankette seating with an adjustable height table that faces both the HD plasma TV and the view, were a common feature in all the rooms we toured, they look great for working, eating, or a place for visitors to sit and chat.
The bathrooms are of the exhibitionist variety, meaning that there is often only a clear glass wall that separates you from the rest of the room or the rest of the city! The beds are comfortable, and of course they face the signature views that the Standard will become known for.
With the Standard in New York, André Balazs has created a vibrant thought-filled contribution to the revitalization of the Meatpacking District, and added another significant location to his growing collection of design-conscious hotels.
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After doing much research on this subject, we’ve found there’s no industry standard height for a shower niche, it all depends on personal preference.
Realistically, most people will want a shower niche to be between 36 to 60 inches (91 to 152cm) from the floor, which makes it a comfortable height to reach for a bottle of shampoo or a bar of soap.
However, there are some things to keep in mind:
If you have a bathtub/shower combination, you might want to consider how high you want to reach if you’re sitting in the bath. Alternatively, how low do you want to bend down if you’re standing?
If you only have a shower (no bathtub), make sure that it’s comfortable for you to easily reach for your bathroom products, but don’t forget that if you have children or elderly people in the home, they may prefer something a little lower.
One way to solve the problem is to install two separate shower niches at different heights or have one tall vertical shower niche that has shelves included in its design.
Below are some shower niche design ideas to inspire you, which also show a variety of heights from high to low.
See more photos of this grey and white bathroom – here. Designed by GIA renovations. Photography by Martina Gemmola.
See more photos of this renovated house – here. Designed by Min | Day and Burks Toma Architects, and renovated by Schwartz and Architecture. Photography by Matthew Millman.
See more photos of this apartment – here. Designed by Cartelle Design.
See more photos of this house in Vancouver – here. Designed by Falken Reynolds Interiors and Randy Bens Architect. Photography by Ema Peter Photography.
See more photos of this modern wood house – here. Designed by InForm Design.
See more photos of this split-level house in Palm Springs – here. Designed by O2 Architecture. Photography by Lance Gerber.
See more photos of this renovated bathroom – here. Designed by Paul K Stewart. Photography by Brandon Barre.
Learn more about shower niches here: 9 Shower Niche Ideas To Create The Perfect Bathroom How To Build A Shower Niche
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