1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Designed by: INC Architecture & Design
For client: Starwood Capital / Toll Brothers Floor area: 41089.00 M² Year of completion: 2017
Nominated for: Sustainability Award

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The living green wall, designed in collaboration with Harrison Green, will continue growing and changing over time.

About the Project

The design of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a visual praise poem dedicated to Brooklyn's waterfront. Overlooking Brooklyn Bridge Park, the East River, and lower Manhattan, the aesthetic of the hotel draws inspiration from contemporary Brooklyn design culture, the history of the wharf that originally occupied the site and the natural coastal landscape as exemplified by the Park. The mission driven hotel is real green development with the hotel financing the creation of the extraordinary public park. INC drew the park directly into the hotel by opening up the entire ground floor visually to the exterior and blurring the lines between inside and out with greenery and natural materials evocative of the adjacent park landscape.

Identifying with contemporary Brooklyn design culture where beauty is the by-product of thoughtful solutions, practical applications and the usefulness of the well-crafted object, INC developed a site specific, purpose-built, made-to-last aesthetic driven by smart problem solving and an expressive use of materials with a layered, easygoing hand. Remnants of the wharf that once occupied the area can be found throughout the immediate neighborhood. Inspired by the great wooden lofts, docks, cleats, bollards, crates, platforms, hoists, ropes and racks that would have populated the wharf, INC developed informal, additive, assembled, seemingly ad hoc compositions of the stacked, racked, piled, placed and layered forms to create an aesthetic tied to its context.

What’s unique about it

The Hotel's design features a 54% ration of regional and reclaimed materials, such as original beams from the former Domino Sugar Factory and pine flooring from the Old Crow Distillery in Kentucky. A reclaimed New England slate roof were used to create the bathroom wall. The property uses 100% wind power energy and the hotel operates a rain-water reclamation system that will irrigate the park during summer months.

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Exterior of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

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The 1 Hotel lobby was designed to be 'Brooklyn's living room'.

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The Brooklyn Bridge became one of our muses with its upstate cleft and polished granite, suspension cables and engineering virtuosity inspiring the development of the lobby stair.

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The 185-sq-m presidential suite's floor is made of reclaimed pine. Mycelium mushrooms were grown into shades for pendant domes in the living area.

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The presidential suite's master bedroom features a hammock designed by Tracie Herrtage and a corrugated leather headboard inspired by shipping containers.

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Reclaimed, slate tiles from New England roofs line the walls that surround the master bathroom's granite tub.

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In the standard king rooms, the corrugated leather headboard wraps in an 'L' to create the half wall for the bathroom.

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The interior of the elevators are lined with reclaimed wooden boards from local water towers, making it evocative of the inside of a shipping crate.

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The rooftop pool looks out at lower Manhattan.

Credits:
INC Architecture & Design

Marvel Architects

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Harrison Green

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