Wednesday, April 16, 2014, by Sean McCaughan
The old historical feud between the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Hotels that produced the Fontainebleau’s “Spite Wall”, actually called the Versailles Tower, was more or less resolved years ago. The Eden Roc built a new, Spite Wall-proof pool deck and their own tower to hide the wall’s blank whiteness, and they both changed hands to new ownership that didn’t hold on to old grudges. Now, the Fontainebleau wants to build an all-penthouse rooftop addition to the Versailles/Spite Tower, but this time they’re taking a totally different approach: subtlety.
The two-story addition by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe will be almost entirely glass, in a receding profile allowing for wide, sun-drenched balconies. There will be a mere eight penthouses, all two-level with circular staircases connecting them, sized between 1,400 and a whopping 4,000 square feet.