US: Located near Boerum Hill, the 287-room, 13-storey Ace Hotel Brooklyn has officially opened.
The launch of the property, which marks the brand’s second site in New York, is the latest member of the Ace family. It will join Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs, Downtown LA, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Chicago and Kyoto.
Brad Wilson, president of Ace Hotel Group, said: “We see Brooklyn as its own city, filled with so much hope, possibility and excitement for the future. Ace Brooklyn has been a labour of love — a gorgeous building in many ways a reunion and a reinvention, and one we’re delighted to share with our guests and neighbours as the evolution of Ace Hotel. We’re proud to have filled its spaces with the talents of many collaborators across art, design and culture; it’s a testament and tribute to the irrepressible creative energy of the borough, and a firm investment in its future.”
Roman and Williams oversaw the design of the building, and Stonehill Taylor worked alongside as architects for the project.
The facade of the building features a custom ceramic mural by Stan Bitters, coupled with a light installation by Roman and Williams in homage to the Hotel Okura in Tokyo which was demolished in 2015.
Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, founders and principals of Roman and Williams, said: “After seven years we are proud to unveil one of our most comprehensive architectural and interior commissions to date for Ace Hotel Brooklyn, our third collaboration with Ace Hotel. We aimed to embrace a solid muscular design vocabulary, employing confident lasting construction methods and materials, ones with gravity and strength. A primitive modernist philosophy guided us, it is expressed in the tactile spirit of the design. From the building’s strong and unadorned facade, to the celebration of raw old growth timber in the public screens, to the honest plywood furniture collection in the bedrooms, we aspire to be as energetic and untamed as Brooklyn itself.”
In the lobby, there’s vintage and custom seating throughout with half moon windows allowing natural light to enter. The bar contains an original wall sculpture from artist Verdan Jakšić, and a large scale drawing by Tara Geer.
Guest rooms come with handcrafted furnishings including custom sofas, chairs and bedding. In select rooms, acoustic guitars are provided by D’Angelico Guitars and turntables, made by Music Hall, come with vinyl records courtesy of Rough Trade.
Throughout 2021, The Gallery at Ace Hotel Brooklyn will showcase works by artists featured in the guest rooms, starting with a show of textile works by Cynthia Alberto and Weaving Hand in August.
The hotel lobby’s Ace Shop will also be featuring custom home goods and jewellery from a number of the artists on an ongoing basis.