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Trump Hotels Plans New D.C. Location

If location reigns supreme, then the Trump Hotel Collection just won a major prize in Washington, D.C. after a long bidding process, the federal government’s General Service Administration granted Trump the chance to transform the Old Post Office building (an 1899 architectural gem) into a 250-room luxury hotel. Possibly the most enviable building in Washington, it sits on Pennsylvania Avenue just two blocks from the National Mall, the White House and the Smithsonian.

Lawyers and lobbyists populate the business district near the building; the strategic location means it will likely be busy both during the week (for conferences and business travelers) and the weekends (for sight-seeing tourists), a factor to which Trump and other major hotel brands—including Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria—were drawn.

“It’s impossible to get a site in D.C. like this one,” says David Orowitz, vice president of acquisitions and development at Trump. but it wasn’t just the location that attracted proposals from groups from hotels to cultural institutions—the Romanesque Revival building itself stands tall above Pennsylvania Avenue, topped by a clock tower where you can view the entire city.

While such an old structure contrasts with the hotels Trump has erected in the past few years (such as the soaring, glass statement towers in Toronto, Panama and Chicago), the company has a history of restoring and transforming established buildings, including New York City’s Plaza Hotel (which Trump no longer owns) and the ‘60s-era former Gulf and Western building that today houses Trump International Hotel & Tower New York. Negotiations are expected to last for several more months as the GSA and Trump finalize a 60-year lease. If all goes as planned, redevelopment will begin in 2014.

How will Trump put its stamp on the historic property? You can expect spacious rooms, meeting facilities, an exhibition gallery, a museum and indoor and outdoor gardens, according to Orowitz. While specific plans for the restaurant and lounges aren’t solidified, Trump will likely bring in a big culinary name (like the company did with Jean Georges restaurant inside Trump International Hotel & Tower New York).

Preserving the historical heritage of the structure—originally built as a post office and which later housed a whole string of various government agencies—will be paramount, according to the company. “As we got more into development plans, we realized we could work with the historic bones of the building well,” Orowitz says.

Washington VIPs can count on penthouses and presidential suites as part of the plan. the odd, all-glass annex—it was built in the 1980s and juts up against the nearby IRS headquarters—now houses retail shops and quick-service dining, but will be converted to create new retail or meeting space when the hotel opens.

Trump’s takeover won’t mean the beautiful building is lost to the public—the 315-foot-tall clock tower (operated by the National Park Service) will remain open to tourists so it won’t just be hotel guests who get to take advantage of the first-class, 360-degree views.

Trump Hotels Plans New D.C. Location


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    Dutch Firm Apologizes but Will Not Alter Design Resembling 9/11 Attack

    SEOUL, South Korea –  a South Korean developer said Monday it would not alter the design of a twin-tower project despite complaints in the U.S. that it mimics the explosions at New York’s World Trade Center in 2001.

    The towers, one with 54 floors and the other with 60, are designed by Dutch architects MVRDV and will be built at the entrance to Seoul’s redeveloped Yongsan business district by 2016, AFP reported.

    The towers will be connected midway up by a cloud-shaped bridging section that will house amenities including sky lounges, a swimming pool and restaurants.

    But families of victims of the 9/11 attacks see a marked resemblance between the project known as The Cloud and the clouds of debris that billowed from the World Trade Center after hijacked airliners plowed into the towers.

    “Allegations that it [the design] was inspired by the 9/11 attacks are groundless,” said White Paik, spokesman for the Yongsan Development Corp.

    “There will be no revision or change in our project,” he told AFP, adding that construction would begin in January 2013 as scheduled.

    MVRDV said it “regrets deeply” any painful connotations the project “evokes regarding 9/11.”

    “The Cloud was designed based on parameters such as sunlight, outside spaces, living quality for inhabitants and the city,” the company said in a statement on it website.

    “It is one of many projects in which MVRDV experiments with a raised city level to reinvent the often solitary typology of the skyscraper.

    “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process. we sincerely apologize to anyone whose feelings we have hurt, it was not our intention.

    “The design inspiration of The Cloud is visualized in the first image on our website, a cloud covering the center of the skyscraper.”

    However, one MVRDV official, Jan Knikker, was quoted telling the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, “I have to admit that we also thought of the 9/11 attacks,” the New York Post reported.

    Jim Riches, a retired New York deputy fire chief whose son was killed on 9/11, said he did not believe the architects.

    “It looks just like the towers imploding,” the New York Daily News quoted him as saying. “I think they’re trying to sensationalize it. It’s a cheap way to get publicity.”

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      Posted by admin - December 18, 2011 at 2:00 am

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      Developer to keep ‘Twin Towers’ design

      A South Korean developer says it will not alter the design of a twin-tower project despite complaints in the United States that it mimics the explosions at New York’s World Trade Centre in 2001.

      The towers, one with 54 floors and the other with 60, are designed by Dutch architects MVRDV and will be built at the entrance to Seoul’s redeveloped Yongsan business district by 2016.

      The towers will be connected midway up by a cloud-shaped bridging section that will house amenities including sky lounges, a swimming pool and restaurants.

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      Controversial design … developer stays firm on ‘Twin Towers’ despite fierce objection from the US and 9/11 victims.

      But families of victims of the 9/11 attacks see a marked resemblance between the project known as the Cloud and the clouds of debris that billowed from the World Trade Centre after hijacked airliners ploughed into the towers.

      “Allegations that it [the design] was inspired by the 9/11 attacks are groundless,” said White Paik, spokesman for the Yongsan Development Corporation.

      “There will be no revision or change in our project,” he said, adding that construction would begin in January 2013 as scheduled.

      MVRDV said it “regrets deeply” any painful connotations.

      “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process,” it said in a statement on its website.

      “We sincerely apologise to anyone whose feelings we have hurt,” it added.

      Jim Riches, a retired New York deputy fire chief whose son was killed on 9/11, said he did not believe the architects.

      “It looks just like the towers imploding,” the New York Daily News quoted him as saying. “I think they’re trying to sensationalise it. It’s a cheap way to get publicity.”

      AFP

      Developer to keep ‘Twin Towers’ design


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