Sternlicht brand unveils first new build
1 Hotels founder and Starwood Capital chairman/ceo Barry Sternlicht has debuted the mission-driven luxury lifestyle brand’s first ground-up development, in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood. Designed by New York-based architecture studio, Incorporated, the 194-key flagship hotel occupies Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre beautification project that stretches 1.3 miles along the East River waterfront, and overlooks the Manhattan skyline, as well as the Statue of Liberty.
The lobby at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: Courtesy of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Starwood Capital Group and Toll Brothers City Living teamed to develop the project, which also includes a new adjoining, two-tower condominium designed by Marvel Architects. That complex, Pierhouse, consists of 106 townhome-style residences.
“Confronted with how far Americans were lagging behind in changing our consumption habits, I created 1 Hotels to show sophisticated travelers that they can do good, live well, and connect with both the world and the community around them,” says Sternlicht. “Today, with the opening of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, my vision is now realized. We were able to select every material and develop mindfully, yet the space's main purpose remains to serve, entertain and inspire with some of the best amenities found in the New York hospitality market.”
The reception area at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: Courtesy of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
In keeping with that concept, the 10-story hotel’s lobby opens to a 25-ft. green wall created by landscape architecture firm Harrison Green, that features steel grating covered in hand-placed plants and vines. A two-story industrial spiral staircase is punctuated by a sculpture of obsidian rock boulders wrapped in hand-dyed rope by Rachel Weiss.
The hotel project began in late 2011, but when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast a year later, 1 Hotel’s architectural drawings for the Brooklyn Bridge property had just been completed. At that time, the team was informed the waterfront zoning had changed, requiring 1 Hotels to raise the building by three feet, as well as accommodate other code changes, including relocating mechanical equipment to the roof—all without increasing the building’s overall height.
As a nod to the natural disaster, the design team tapped Olivié Ponce, an artist and creator of Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, to paint a watermark in memory of the hurricane along the walls of the corner suites.
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