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Hotel Marcel in New Haven, Connecticut, will open in April 2022 as the nation’s first net-zero and Passive House certified hotel, generating 100 percent of its own electricity and setting the standard for a new era of environmentally conscious hospitality. Hotel Marcel will be operated by Chesapeake Hospitality and join Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

Designed by New York City based Dutch East Design and architecture firm Becker + Becker, Hotel Marcel will give new life to the long-vacant landmark Marcel Breuer Building, former home to the Pirelli Armstrong Rubber Company Headquarters.

Hotel Marcel will reintroduce the public to the raw beauty and strength of brutalism with the building’s architecture leading the narrative and a less is more approach for the interior design. Upon arrival, guests are met by a palette of warm earth tones with a textural buildup of stone finishes, found in the custom wood reception desk, and eye-catching terra cotta in a Cle Tile feature wall, complemented by custom lighting designed by Dutch East. An existing depressed floorplate on the North end will be made into a sunken lounge that works as the lobby lounge as well as pre-function space should the pivot doors open up from the forum and function spaces. The furniture, carpets, area rugs and lighting are custom designed by Dutch East Design, deploying Bauhaus inspired patterning throughout all the textiles. The historic ceiling has been reinstated to respond to the interior layout, providing an open plane of intersecting ceiling tiles that accommodate the reimagined original architectural lighting system with new custom faceted acrylic lens panels.

Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Marcel


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