World’s Tallest Modular Hotel

Marriott International aims to disrupt how hotels are combat lengthening construction times. Are prefabricated and pre-furnished guestrooms the future?

Each “module” will contain a fully outfitted guest room, complete with beds, linen, flooring and toiletries. (Design and photo credit: Danny Forster & Architecture)

Marriott International (Marriott) announced plans to stack the world’s largest modular hotel in New York City. The 360-foot tall tower will be erected over a 90-day period with prefabricated and pre-furnished guestrooms. The company said the structure will be topped with a modular roof and modular roof -top bar. It is expected to open in 2020 as the AC Hotel New York NoMad, part of the AC Hotels brand which focuses on modern essentials with a European flavour.

In a statement, Eric Jacobs, Marriott International, Chief Development Officer, North America, Select and Extended Stay Brands, said the project “will act as a game-changing symbol to ignite even greater interest in modular among the real estate and lending industries”.

The 168 guest rooms will arrive on site fully furnished, inside and out, from beds to flooring to toiletries.

Prefabrication is attractive for its ability to reduce timelines, curb construction noise and waste and produce a product with factory level precision said Marriott. The company has been exploring modular construction since 2014 as a means to offset lengthening construction times. Since 2011, they report that the average time to build and open a hotel in North America has increased by as much as 50 percent.

At present, the largest Marriott-branded modular-built hotel is a 354-room property in California. This new property in New York will become the world’s tallest modular hotel.

Marriott International is quickly growing its portfolio of hotels with four planned to open in Sri Lanka in the near future.

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