December 7, 2018

BHDM Designs an Urban Rooftop Refuge in Midtown Manhattan

Not far from the bustle of New York’s Times Square, BHDM Design has created Castell, a rooftop lounge that is both welcoming and refined. The cityscape is a focal point, with large windows overlooking Manhattan’s skyscrapers and water towers. At night, the lighting dims so the view takes over. But even though the city dominates, the overall feel is intimate and relaxed. An entry lounge sets that tone, with walnut walls and a large fireplace. In the main bar area, a mixture of seating areas creates a space that feels like a comfortable residence. “Castell was envisioned as a warm and sexy rooftop living-room lounge,” says principal Dan Mazzarini. He was inspired by the vaults and shapes of Spanish architecture, so 11-foot-high arches repeat throughout the space.

an 11-foot arch doorway is seen in a Manhattan lounge
A series of 11-foot-high arches defines the lounge. Photography courtesy of BHDM Design. 
the entrance area to a Manhattan lounge with guest seating and abstract artwork
The entry area features commissioned artwork inspired by Joan Miró. Photography courtesy of BHDM Design. 
floor to ceiling windows expose views of Manhattan in a rooftop lounge
Expansive windows look out to Midtown Manhattan. Photography courtesy of BHDM Design. 
seating surrounds a white marble coffee table inside a Manhattan lounge
The material palette includes mohair and marble. Photography courtesy of BHDM Design. 
a black and white marble fronted bar inside a Manhattan rooftop lounge
Flooring is walnut. Photography courtesy of BHDM Design. 
an ivy-covered wall on the outdoor terrace of a rooftop lounge
Ivy covers a wall in the outdoor area while mirrored arches reflect the city. Photography courtesy of BHDM Design. 
a gray sofa offers seating in front of the indoor bar at a Manhattan lounge
A leather-and-terrazzo banquette is a custom design. Photography courtesy of BHDM Design. 

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