New York City's first gay urban resort will open next year. Is this the start of a new brand of architecture?

New York is getting a veritable facelift next year, sprouting brand new gothic-inspired scaffolding umbrellas and calling over Snøhetta to overhaul Times Square and introduce a touch of minimalism to the LED-lit chaos. But over in Hell’s Kitchen, there’s another new project on the scene: The Out NYC, New York’s first "gay urban resort," is slated to open in the first quarter of the new year. With it will come an electrifying facade and 70,000 square feet of gay urban paradise. To be more specific, this will include an 11,000 square foot bar and nightclub, a 105-room boutique hotel, a “courtyard wet zone enclosed in a glass atrium,” lush courtyard gardens, a 24/7 eatery, and, for those who mix work with pleasure, a business/conference center.

Does this new brand of niche tourism spawn a new brand of architecture, namely, a "gay" one? The renderings reveal a rather sensual curving path in the plan, along with flowing spaces sculpted with a shiny, clean aesthetic befitting for any well-dressed man. The interior and exterior spaces are also bathed in a soft glow of white light, but really, we see a similar dreamlike haze in many “straight” renderings, if you will.

 

 

All images courtesy The Out NYC.

This post originally appeared on Architizer, an Atlantic partner site.

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