In a nod to Moxy East Village’s vibrant, ever-transforming neighborhood, Rockwell Group’s design concept is based on a kind of urban archaeology that references the city’s past, present, and future. The hotel is conceived as a non-linear timeline, and each floor reveals a different layer in the neighborhood’s narrative—as well as projecting its future—creating a sense of discovery for guests and transforming its stories from day to night.
We celebrated the patina of New York—the well-loved layers from different eras that co-exist in every neighborhood or even within a single building.
Influenced by downtown New York’s role as an incubator for the dissident creative scene of the 1970s and 80s through the present day, the hotel’s public spaces have a raw, gritty look inspired by the area’s art and music scene.
In Cathédrale restaurant, Rockwell Group collaborated with Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi on the concept for a floating metal mesh ceiling sculpture to create a dialogue with the architecture.