Just Enough

Sister City, a new hotel in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, has created a different standard for the hospitality industry called “compassionate hospitality.” Situated in Manhattan’s Bowery—a neighborhood which historically had been viewed as anything but compassionate—Sister City is beautifully modern, thoughtfully efficient, and affordable (by Manhattan standards).

Atelier Ace, Sister City’s designers/developers, seemed to have asked themselves basic questions: “What amenities and services create the perfect stay for today’s NYC visitors? What is just right? What is over the top?” Their design and development process is best described within Sister City’s website. “We asked what was needed for today’s traveler, and shaved off excess, considering aesthetic sustenance, human connection and modern needs as well. The result: a new prototype for compassionate hospitality where efficiency and beauty find union.” All of which is a seemingly modern twist to Mies Van Der Rohe’s Bauhaus edict “Less is More.”

After thoughtful consideration, “Less, But Better,” surfaced as Sister City’s guiding principle for everything. Atelier Ace refers to the hotel’s design and philosophy as an “experiment in essentialism.” Each room has only what is needed and is simple in design, reminiscent of Japanese philosophy and Scandinavian architecture. The hotel’s design statement reveals their inspirational sources: “’We took inspiration from the functional perfection of Finnish saunas, Japanese bento boxes, rock-cut cliff dwellings of prehistory, and John Cage’s 4’33.’ That last one’s famous for being four and a half minutes of nothing but silence.” You gotta love the 4’33” reference!

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By Nora

New Business Development / HR Director