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Ace Hotel Brooklyn

May 29, 2021

Atelier Ace announces Ace Hotel Brooklyn, which brings together artists, narratives, and materials that speak to both the building site and the city. Opening summer 2021, the hotel showcases a textile and fibre art program with local artists.

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With a view to embrace local culture and build relationships with a wide range of people — makers, thinkers, creative do-it-yourselfers in the fields of art, technology, music, fashion, media and gastronomy – Atelier Ace announces Ace Hotel Brooklyn. Built from the ground up, the 287-room hotel is located in Boerum Hill, on the cusp of downtown Brooklyn, and will open in summer 2021. This new venture brings together artists, narratives, and materials that speak to both the building site and the city. 

Atelier Ace has created numerous hotels, with current locations in Seattle, Portland, New York, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Chicago and Kyoto. In each site, Atelier Ace aims to honour the architectural, social, and cultural history of the area, while envisioning a respectful and nuanced dedication to community and creating spaces full of local art, intentional design, and curious possibilities.

The hotel was designed in partnership with Roman and Williams for the facade and interior, and with Stonehill Taylor for the building architecture. The hotel’s Brutalist facade welds seamlessly with interiors inspired by the raw artist studio spaces of the European modernists. Full of warm, natural materials and tactile features, the hotel hosts a communal lobby, a large-scale installation by artist Stan Bitters, and guest rooms that feature floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of Manhattan, Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty. 

“For our third collaboration with Ace Hotel, Roman and Williams created both the building [facade] and the interiors for Ace Brooklyn. We chose to embrace a governing principle of purity and artistic spirit in the building’s facade and the spaces within. 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. This is evident in everything you touch and see. This undecorated and tactile spirit expresses a radical transparency in its approach to the design of Ace Brooklyn,” says Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, from Roman and Williams. 

Each of the guest rooms also showcases original artwork by local fibre and textile artists, the collection of which was assembled through a collaboration with artist and curator Niki Tsukamoto. Over the course of late 2019 and 2020, Tsukamoto recruited and shepherded over 25 artists, including Caroline KaufmanAlicia ScardettaRhiannon Griego, and Molly Haynes, to create new work for Ace Hotel Brooklyn. While the artists originally hail from all over the country and the world, each of them has close personal ties to the local area.

Open, spacious and welcoming, the hotel’s design nods to Brooklyn’s complex fabric of communal and creative spaces, with indoor-outdoor portals that ease into the city’s edges. “We’re lucky enough to have landed at the junction of so many rich and inspiring neighbourhoods, and hope to provide a new and inviting sense of place for our guests and neighbours to call home” says Brad Wilson, President of the Ace Hotel Group. Ace Hotel Brooklyn marks a lasting place to continue the city’s rich tradition of people doing things their own way, together.

Images by Stephen Kent Johnson, courtesy of Atelier Ace




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