Radio Hotel and Tower, the colorful building in Manhattan’s Washington Heights, has taken a significant step closer to completion. Radio Hotel, which serves as one of the main functions of the 26,500 square meter mixed-use developments, celebrated its soft opening. Designed for developer Youngwoo & Associates with Stonehill Taylor as the architect of record, the building is the first major project by Dutch firm MVRDV in the United States. The distinctive design of the building is inspired by its context, with the building composed of a stack of blocks that match the size of the smaller buildings in the area. In a nod to the bright colors found in the shop fronts of the vibrant neighborhood, the blocks are finished in colored glazed bricks, ranging in from muted brown and purple to bright blue, yellow, and green. Radio Hotel includes 221 rooms, with the interior design by Workshop APD matching the brightly-colored bathrooms to the exterior color of the blocks. The hotel also provides a range of amenities, many of which celebrate the neighborhood’s local Dominican culture. These include a Santo-Domingo-inspired restaurant and the second location of a famous Dominican lounge. On the 12th floor, in the blue block, is a dedicated event space suitable for everything from weddings and reunions to bar mitzvahs and quinceañeras. At ground level, the hotel also features a 750-square-metre courtyard with a coffee bar, garden, and wooden benches. The interior design by Workshop APD matches the brightly coloured bathrooms to the exterior colours. In addition to Radio Hotel, the mixed-use Radio Tower development features over 16,000 square meters of office space, ground-level retail spaces, and a basement-level parking garage with 170 parking spaces.