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The Rockaway Hotel: Design Inspired By The History And Neighborhood Fabric _Morris Adjmi Architects

New York, United States _ The Rockaway Hotel: Design Inspired By The History And Neighborhood Fabric _ Morris Adjmi Architects

The Rockaway Hotel is a new getaway inspired by the history and fabric of the beachfront neighborhood — a unique place where New York City’s urban grid meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Featuring a curated blend of guest rooms, furnished apartments, bars and restaurants, and community-focused amenity spaces, the mixed-use hospitality development will serve as a year-round destination for locals and visitors, alike.

In recent years, Rockaway has seen a surge of popularity, but the beachfront community has been a destination for New Yorkers for hundreds of years.

In the 19th century and early 20th century, the Rockaway was a seaside getaway with an amusement park, luxury hotels, and thousands of bungalows.

Essential to local character, these humble and eclectic bungalows were an essential reference for the hotel’s massing and façade design.

The mid-rise height of the new six-story building was carefully considered to avoid overshadowing the historic clapboard houses.

Zinc paneling was selected to echo their color and form.

In its massing and programming, special care was also taken to prioritize the hotel’s views of both the New York City skyline and the Atlantic Ocean.

Inside and out, the hotel captures the Rockaway’s rare and authentic blend of relaxed beach town vibes and big-city verve.

Within, the interior architecture was designed to reflect the spirit of the Rockaways—casual and approachable with a sense of lighthearted novelty.

Open concept plans and honest materials were selected in collaboration with Curious Yellow Design to cultivate a cool and comfortable environment.

Architects: Morris Adjmi Architects

Project: The Rockaway Hotel

Type: Hotel

Area: 72,000 sq. Ft.

Year: 2020

Location: New York, United States

Design Team:

Morris Adjmi, FAIA, Principal

Michelle Wagner, AIA, LEED AP, Studio Director

Jesse Levin, RA, Project Manager

Chris Taylor, Interior Designer

Contractor: Comalla Construction


Structural: A Degree of Freedom

MEP: MG Engineering, P.C.

Civil: Sullivan Building and Design Group

Acoustic: Cerami& Associates

Accessibility: Environetics

Façade: Laufs Engineering Design

Landscape: Rebecca Cole GROWS

Lighting: Lighting Workshop

Text: By Architects

Photographer: Kyle Knodell

About Morris Adjmi Architects:

Morris Adjmi, FAIA established MA in 1997 following a 13-year collaboration with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Aldo Rossi. On that strong foundation, Morris built a design practice known for its thoughtful engagement with history, distinct interpretation of industrial forms, and creative expression of materials.

Each design decision is guided by a deep appreciation for and understanding of the integral architectural, artistic, cultural, civic, environmental, and economic forces that shape a project. This rigorous, research-based approach has helped to establish MA as a leader in the revitalization of post-industrial neighborhoods and historic districts with projects that are imbued with a distinct sense of place and purpose.

The firm strives to maintain a strong sense of community and culture by creating an enriching work environment complemented by engaging programming. We are dedicated to fostering a mentoring environment to facilitate professional growth and providing an atmosphere in which everyone can flourish.

"We create buildings that stand out by fitting in."


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