JULY 29, 2021 — Ace Hotel Brooklyn is officially open. Located in Downtown Brooklyn, the hotel stands on the cusp of Boerum Hill, above the ever-evolving intersection of everything: a geographical Venn diagram of intersecting energies, from the tree-lined streets and brownstones of Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens to the art and culture clusters of Fort Greene, and all the way down to the restless East River. The property offers 287 guest rooms, an expansive in-room art program, a public lobby with multiple bars and an art gallery, plus additional food and beverage outlets on the horizon. Designed by Roman and Williams, Ace Brooklyn’s unique facade welds seamlessly with interiors inspired by the raw artist studio spaces of the European modernists — with soothing and stylish custom furnishings outfitting its every alcove.
“We see Brooklyn as it’s own city, filled with so much hope, possibility and excitement for the future. Ace Brooklyn has been a labor of love — a gorgeous building in many ways a reunion and a reinvention, and one we’re delighted to share with our guests and neighbors 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.” —Brad Wilson, President, Ace Hotel Group
A 13-story construction in raw concrete, Ace Brooklyn was designed from the ground up by longtime Ace collaborators Roman and Williams. Stonehill Taylor worked alongside as the architect for the project. Made up of metal, glass and precast concrete elements, the building’s rough-edged façade celebrates the natural beauty of its materials, along with the rugged handiwork of the builders who brought them together. The facade’s dramatic centerpiece is a custom ceramic mural crafted by iconic modernist Stan Bitters, coupled with a sculptural light installation designed by Roman and Williams in homage to the Hotel Okura in Tokyo — a beacon of modernist hospitality designed by Yoshiro Taniguchi, which was sadly demolished in 2015. Inside, interiors marry exposed concrete with other naturally textural elements — surfaces of douglas fir, oak, plywoods and leathers — to form organic, open shapes throughout. The lobby features vintage and custom seating throughout, with half moon windows illuminating the lobby bar in natural light. The bar is finished with an original wall sculpture from RW Guild artist Verdan Jakšic, and a discreet, large scale drawing by Tara Geer.
Drawing significant inspiration from Le Corbusier’s beloved workspace retreat Le Cabanon, the guest rooms at Ace Hotel Brooklyn were imagined as cabins of creative refuge: elegant and efficient, with the kind of breathing room that stirs up all sorts of possibilities. The furnishings are handcrafted from raw, understated materials — including custom sofas and chairs, classically-loomed cotton bedding and purpose-built, minimalist fixtures. Custom bed covers were crafted by Maine Heritage Weavers; bath products are from uka; in select rooms, acoustic guitars are provided by D’Angelico Guitars; turntables are made by Music Hall, with vinyl record selections courtesy of our friends at Rough Trade. Ace Brooklyn’s in-room art program was curated by artist Niki Tsukamoto, and brings together a dream-woven assortment of original textile and fiber pieces from roughly two dozen artists, many based in the borough.
Throughout the rest of 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 July and August 2021. The hotel lobby’s Ace Shop will also be featuring custom home goods and jewelry from a number of the artists on an ongoing basis.
Ace Hotel Brooklyn is the newest member of the Ace family, joining Seattle, Portland, New York, Palm Springs, Downtown LA, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Chicago and Kyoto. For more information or to book a stay, visit acehotel.com/brooklyn.