Williamsburg to get Green Hotel
by Lisa A. Fraser
Dec 28, 2011 | 723 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Miami-based architecture firm, Oppenheim Architecture+Design, has won an international competition to design a new hotel in Williamsburg.

The firm plans to build the hotel right next to the Williamsburg Bridge and in close proximity to the historic Williamsburgh Savings Bank, promising soaring views of the Manhattan skyline.

It will tentatively be named the Green Hotel and will rise to 440 feet and include 244 rooms. The building will use geothermal, wind and solar power. It will have a green roof as well as vertical access wind turbines. The hotel is set to earn LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The façade of the hotel will reflect a kaleidoscopic effect when the sun hits it. According to the firm, the hotel is set to be completed by 2015, and feature three towers of varying heights.

“We did not want the hotel’s form to be in constant battle with the historic bank,” said lead architect Chad Oppenheim. “We tried to accomplish more with less, opting for a timeless solution that delivers grace and drama through powerful manipulations of scale, proportion and materiality.”

This is the firm’s first project in Brooklyn, and Oppenheim is excited, given that he is a New York native.

“It’s a wonderful homecoming that will help us establish more of a presence in the area,” he said.



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