Category - Architecture

Ian Schrager’s chic, budget PUBLIC hotel opens in NYC

The Lower East Side of New York City is not necessarily known for budget hotels. But on June 7, hotelier Ian Schrager (founder of popular 1970’s nightclub Studio 54) opened PUBLIC on 215 Chrystie Street in the Bowery district.

public hotel “I truly believe that everyone deserves a one-of-a-kind experience that lifts their spirits and makes their heart beat faster, one that elicits an emotional response…and to deliver this at a reasonable price point is even more on the mark for today’s savvy and sophisticated traveler,” Schrager said.

215chrystie-public-capped With a starting price of $200 per night, the 367 room hotel is relatively competitive for its Lower East Side location. Although the price point is rather low, the hotel spares no expense. Rooms are outfitted with Apple TVs, an online food ordering system, and USB ports fit for the most tech-savvy traveler.

e3ec12b5_z The design of the hotel is cozy, chic, and radical – Schrager said his hotel will not have the usual Brooklyn look, and will not feature the designs commonly found in other NYC hotels. One aspect of Public that differs from other Manhattan hotels is its two green spaces, which offer guests of the hotel with a little taste of green in an otherwise concrete jungle.

Throughout the hotel, there is not one style; there is a rather eclectic mixture of furniture and furnishings that cannot be classified into a single design oeuvre. Similar to Schrager’s other properties, there will be an emphasis on fun. Schrager also said Public will have an emphasis on public arts, hosting film screenings, theater productions, musical performances, exhibitions, and even talks.xISC_Public_09_RGB_V1-crop.jpg.pagespeed.ic.hZ7JI2YQcK In addition to a stunning, eclectic style, Public will also boast two restaurants headed by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Public Kitchen and Louis will serve diverse culinary offerings, from pastrami sandwiches to sushi (Public Kitchen,) and offer part-grocery store, part-luncheonette, and part-market for Public guests.

large_PUBLIC-Hotels-NYC-DBG-02 One thing is for sure – the buzz surrounding Public has continued to grow, and the hotel is ready to go, well, public.

The longest bench in the world gives everyone a fun place to relax by the beach

Is this seat taken? If youre looking for a place to take a break in Littlehampton, West Sussex in Britain, you definitely wont have trouble finding a spot. The small beach town is home to the longest bench in the entire world. Clocking in at 1063 feet, the bench can hold 300 people at once!longest-bench (1)[2] The bench is made from thousands of individual hardwood bars, recycled from the landfill and older seaside groynes and opened to the public on July 30th, 2010. Bright pops of color peek out through the benches undulating design and the bench also features two shelters where the bench bends and twists in on itself that makes for a fun play place for kids (of all ages).  Design company Studio Weave engineered the uber cool concept and locals even helped construct it. [h/t] longest-bench (2)[2] longest-bench (3)[2] longest-bench (4)[2] longest-bench (5)[5] longest-bench (7)[5] longest-bench (8)[5]

The Beipanjiang bridge is a modern marvel of technological innovation as the world’s highest bridge

China is huge, this we know. It’s also a diverse land, with incredibly varied topography to prove it. Because of this, the country has had to learn to adapt to the changing landscape in a way that works best for them. Whether it’s constructing towering skyscrapers in its bustling cities to meet the increasing demand for housing and commerce or, as in the case here, building crazy bridges to connect its more remote regions in convenient and safe ways.1hfuyi The Beipanjiang bridge opened to the public on December 30th, 2016, after construction began in 2011. The bridge is now the highest in the world, standing 1,854 feet above the ground. The structure connects Guizhou and Yunnan and shortens the time between the two rural provinces from five hours to only two. 2dfghprfv The bridge spans a distance of an impression 4,400 feet across the Beipan river valley between the mountainous landscapes and is a major feat in providing the area’s residents and workers with a safe, convenient travel option. The bridge is part of the G56 Hangzhou-Ruili roadway and links the cities of Qujing and Liupanshui.3uyftyseop It’s reported that the bridge cost $144 million dollars to build; China is also home to 15 of the 20 highest bridges in the world. The Sidu River Bridge and the Puli Bridge come in at numbers two and three though they hundreds of feet shorter than the Beipanjiang. 4ghaaskop Before these crazy high bridges, travel across these remote regions were dangerous, grueling and took days on winding, small roadways. It was an outdated, unsafe and inconvenient way of traveling and China has done well by their citizens to invest in their infrastructure by building these series of bridges. 5hgfiu In contrast, the highest bridge in the United States is the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado and is almost 1,000 feet shorter than the Beipanjiang. In 2001, the Royal Gorge was actually the tallest in the world but has been pushed to 17 in intervening 16 years.6ewqob There’s a difference between the tallest and the highest, however. While the Beipanjiang Bridge is the highest — meaning it has the most distance from the deck to the ground — France’s Millau Viaduct is the tallest, which measures the height of the structure itself.7kphgvas For perspective, the 1,854 feet that the bridge comes off the ground is roughly equivalent to a 200 story building!8hpjhbws Sources: USA Today, Mother Nature Network, Newser, Highest Bridges