Atelier Ace has revealed late Spring 2021 as the opening date for Ace Hotel Brooklyn. Designed from the ground up in partnership with Roman and Williams, who shaped both the building and the interiors, the 287-room hotel will add a singularly new chapter to Ace’s romance with New York City. Located in Boerum Hill on the cusp of Downtown Brooklyn, the property stands above the ever-evolving intersection of a geographical Venn diagram of 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.

“We’ve been building toward Ace Brooklyn for years; the entire city has reimagined itself several times over since we started,” says Ace President Brad Wilson. “That’s exactly the spirit we’ve worked to mirror in every corner of our new home – the inexhaustible ingenuity that stands as the borough’s only constant. We’re lucky enough to have landed at the junction of so many rich and inspiring neighbourhoods, and hope to provide a new and inviting sense of place for our guests and neighbours to call home.”

Open, spacious and welcoming, the hotel’s design nods to Brooklyn’s complex fabric of communal and creative spaces, with an animated public lobby and indoor-outdoor portals that ease into the city’s edges. The guestrooms pair floor-to-ceiling windows with original artwork by local fibre and textile artists – with some higher floors offering a 360º panorama of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty.

A guestroom at Ace Hotel Brooklyn in New York
© Stephen Kent Johnson

Ace Hotel Brooklyn marks the third design collaboration between Atelier Ace and Roman and Williams, following Ace Hotel New York and Ace Hotel New Orleans. As Ace’s second-only ground-up build, the hotel’s facade and interiors are inspired by the sprawling egalitarian promise of the borough – from the industrial grit of its shipyards to the neo-expressionist complexity of Basquiat. Roman and Williams looked to traditions of studios and workspaces, embracing the purity of handcrafted expressions in every area – from massive timbers in the lobby to custom tile murals in the lavatories, the poured-in-place concrete structure of the building, plus a collection of furnishings created uniquely for the project.

“We chose to embrace a governing principle of purity and artistic spirit in our architecture and the spaces within,” say Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, founders of Roman and Williams. “We employed a philosophy of primitive modernism holistically across the project. This highly artistic approach drove us to use construction methods and materials with honesty. This is evident in everything you touch and see. This undecorated and tactile spirit expresses a radical transparency in its approach to the design of Ace Brooklyn.”