Travel + Leisure’s Best New Hotel of 2013
Located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, this turn-of-the-century industrial cooperage has been converted into a destination hotel. MA surgically altered the original structure, peeling back layers to reveal its history and expose the industrial loft character throughout the hotel spaces. The original solid wooden beams, columns, and wood ceilings have been exposed, and a rusty old conveyor track left in place as art in situ. These historic elements stand juxtaposed with new interventions, such as radiant-heated concrete floors and a factory-sash window wall facing Manhattan views, to further enhance the industrial aesthetic while maintaining a sleek, minimal effect. An addition atop the original building, a three-story glass “Tetris block” with wrap-around views, is abstract and airy in counterpoint to the mass and solidity of the older brick base. The 72-key hotel contains a 60-seat restaurant, a 3,000 square foot event space with outdoor garden, a rooftop bar and terrace, a 40-seat screening room, and a brick-arched private banquet room.
Image Credits: Matthew Williams, Jimi Billingsley, Mark Mahaney