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The Nolitan's 'Tetris-Inspired' Exterior is Revealed!

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April 22, 2010 at 9:20 AM | by | ()

In architectural-geek and construction speak, the moment when the scaffolding comes down on a new building is when it is 'undressed'. Well, cue the striptease soundtrack, because The Nolitan in, um, Nolita, is now nude.

Bowery Boogie brings us this snap of the hotel on the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets, along with a description of the Grzywinski+Pons creation as a "Tetris-inspired monstrosity". Ouch.

Over at Curbed, commenters have some other choice ways of describing the style, calling it everything from a "deconstructivist architecture fad" to "it looks like a chunk was ripped off the corner by Godzilla."

Curbed has also been following the zoning problems the hotel has encountered in Nolita, where buildings are limited to 8 floors. The Nolitan has a ninth "mezzanine level"—which the Department of Buildings didn't dig so much. No word yet on how they settled the matter, but it certainly does look like progress at the construction site.

The Nolitan peeps tell us that the hotel will be open by mid to late June.

[Photo: Bowery Boogie ]

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