Michaelis Boyd designs Williamsburg Hotel in New York
Architect: Michaelis Boyd Architects
Location: New York (US)
The eleven-storey building designed by the London architect Michaelis Boyd for the Williamsburg Hotel is located in Brooklyn. Along with 150 guest rooms and a restaurant, its features include a rooftop pool, a large ballroom and several bars, including one located in a water tower-inspired structure set up on the roof. The façade, clad in red brick, evokes the district's industrial past, while steel elements inside the building similarly evoke the rougher times of old.
Every guest room has floor-to-ceiling glazing with a view of Manhattan and East River, and each one has an individual design; the walls, for example, come in a variety of looks ranging from whitewashed wainscoting to dark-hued plaster. A particular highlight concerns the roof terrace, which in addition to views of the New York skyline also features a water tower bar, clad externally with artificially charred wooden boards and internally with steel panels.
High-quality materials such as brass and leather paired with wood and steel (and works by a number of New York artists) are characteristic of the currently very popular Industrial Chic style, in which raw textures and materials accentuate a luxury cachet.