Gansevoort guests will feel the evolution of the property as soon as they cross the ipe plank threshold and step through the 9th avenue vestibule into a 1,700-square-foot lobby and common area that showcases cutting edge art and design. Designed by Achenbaum and the hotel's Creative Director and Designer Olivier Weppe, in collaboration with Gidich + Sepúlveda Architecture, the space features warm wood finishes and brass paired with a porcelain tiled floor in a concrete tone that mimics the neighborhood's iconic cobblestone streets. Upon entering, guests are immediately drawn to a bookcase that houses Banksy's unmistakable 2003 "Flying Copper" piece flagged by striking blue leather banquettes perfect for catching up with a friend over happy hour or reading the paper. The check-in area exudes a mysterious air, clad in a sumptuous black African stone and accented by backlit frosted glass walls. In the lobby also stands the "Standing Shadow - Blue" by Richard Hambleton, the pioneering street artist that became known as the Shadowman for the silhouettes he painted at night on the walls of lower Manhattan. Hambleton, who emerged from the New York City 80s art scene alongside the likes of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, is known to have inspired Banksy's work. In the adjacent elevator bank, guests will find a contemporary mixed-media and multi-dimensional Hassan Hajjaj piece, "Marque 2013."