Designed by local creative studio Roman and Williams in collaboration with the effervescent Atelier Ace, the 287-room Ace Hotel Brooklyn is set to form a new chapter in the hotel brand’s love affair with New York when it opens to guests from mid-2021. “We’ve been building toward Ace Brooklyn for years,” says Brad Wilson, president of Ace Hotel Group. “The entire city has reimagined itself several times over since we started. That’s exactly the spirit we’ve worked to mirror in every corner of our new home – the inexhaustible ingenuity that stands as the borough’s only constant.”
Situated in Boerum Hill on the cusp of Downtown Brooklyn, the hotel will stand above the tree-lined streets and brownstone residences of Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, in close proximity to Fort Greene’s vibrant melting pot of art and culture. “We’re lucky enough to have landed at the junction of so many rich and inspiring neighbourhoods,” says Brad. “[We] hope to provide a new and inviting sense of place for our guests and neighbours to call home.”
Open, spacious and welcoming, the hotel’s design borrows inspiration from “Brooklyn’s complex fabric of communal and creative spaces,” says the designers, and features an animated public lobby and indoor-outdoor portals that ease into the city’s edges. The guest accommodation pairs floor-to-ceiling windows with original artwork by local fibre and textile artists while some of the hotel’s upper-level rooms offer a 360-degree panorama of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Ace Hotel Brooklyn forms the brand’s second-only ‘from the ground up’ build and marks the third design partnership between Atelier Ace and Roman and Williams, following on from Ace Hotel New York and Ace Hotel New Orleans. The facade and interiors at Brooklyn are informed by the sprawling egalitarian promise of the borough, says the designers, from the industrial grit of its shipyards to the neo-expressionist complexity of Basquiat. “We chose to embrace a governing principle of purity and artistic spirit in our architecture and the spaces within,” the designers add. “We employed a philosophy of primitive modernism holistically across the project. This highly artistic approach drove us to use construction methods and materials with honesty … evident in everything you touch and see.”