The multistory atrium has been a staple of hotel interiors since John Portman developed the type in the late 1960’s and yet we have seen very little alteration to this typology since its inception. At the core of this Conrad Hilton project in lower Manhattan was the transformation of an existing 16-story atrium lobby, built in the late 1990’s and displaying a Sol LeWitt drawing as its main feature. The new design adds to the lineage of the atrium hotel by capitalizing on its monumentality, while address the vacuousness typical of these spaces. To that end, we introduced a series of suspended “veils,” whose atmospheric effect at once fills the space while seeming to expand it. Hanging from the sixteenth floor, a series of steel rings hold translucent liquid crystal polymer fiber that span more than 100 feet to support another ring below, relating these individual elements to one another and to the tight space wherein they are contained. Suspended from the veils, the lower rings define a virtual lower ceiling plane, amidst the monumentality of the space. In addition to the atrium, the project treats the existing structure as an artifact that was surgically excavated to make way for new public spaces. For example, previously the Sol LeWitt drawing sat uncomfortably on a solid base. In the new project, the lobby is extended under the drawing and into the new conference center. Similarly, new public stairs help cascade to a network of public spaces where art is accessible to the public - in keeping with the Battery Park City Master plan to maintain a public right-of-way through the hotel’s interior.