At the confluence of Boerum Hill’s brownstone-lined streets and Downtown Brooklyn’s ever-expanding skyline is the Ace Hotel Brooklyn, a new ground-up 287-room luxury property conceived by Stonehill & Taylor that evokes the borough’s deeply layered cultural and geographic history. Much like the chain’s Manhattan and New Orleans outposts that celebrated New York firm Roman and Williams also designed, this latest project draws inspiration from its surroundings.
The sturdy, almost brutalist, 13-floor mid-rise building is delineated by architectonic detailing and multipane windows. Its well-executed industrial exterior alludes to Brooklyn’s egalitarian past. With nods to local hero Jean-Michel Basquiat, a large street-facing mural helps tether the building’s extruded massing to its setting. For this project, Roman and Williams made a conscious decision to channel the tradition of repurposed artist studios found throughout the sprawling borough.
“We chose to embrace a governing principle of purity and artistic spirit in the building’s facade and the spaces within,” said Roman and Williams coprincipal Robin Standefer. “We employed a philosophy of primitive modernism holistically across the project.”