New Green Hotel Takes Up Residence In Brooklyn

Brooklyners are about to get a new addition to their city skyline, one that will bring pioneering design to Williamsburg, a trendy and cutting-edge neighborhood in New York. Oppenheimer Architecture + Design has won an international competition that will allow construction of the Green Hotel, as it is currently being called, a hotel that is sure to be one of Brooklyn's most innovative and stunning buildings.

The hotel will be set off the street, like a New York skyscraper, and will feature three slim towers, each of different heights. The hotel's rectilinear structure will be created to include dramatically proportionate columns, and will be constructed of faceted panels to render a kaleidoscope effect in the shining sun.

The tallest tower will stand at 440 ', soaring high above the vicinity and offering an awesome sight for visitors entering Brooklyn by car or train. The middle tower will float around the domed crest of the neighboring Williamsburg Savings Bank, an iconic building in the Williamsburg area. The Green Hotel's smallest tower will sit in perfect relation to Williamsburg's surrounding buildings in scale and materials. The hotel is the third pillar of a complex, which includes the Williamsburg Bridge and the Williamsburg Savings Bank.

The entire structure of the hotel will be a mere 16 'deep. It will be positioned to claim incredible views of Manhattan from the hotel rooms, rooftop terrace, and lap pool, which look out over the East River and older hotels in Brooklyn. The Green Hotel promises to be elegant neighbor that will gracefully close nearby buildings and hotels. Mr. Oppenheim, of Oppenheim Architecture, says that he wanted to create "more with less, opting for a timeless solution … and drama through powerful manipulations of scale, proportion, and materiality."

Oppenheim Architecture hopes to capture the essence of the vibrant Williamsburg neighborhood with the construction of this hotel. Williamsburg is a diverse community of incredible energy and spirit, and the hotel aims to tap into its culinary, intellectual, and stylish soul. Raw, edgy, and innovative, the Green Hotel will mirror the culture of Williamsburg and bring something fresh and new to a burgeoning cityscape.

The Green Hotel will be true to its name, utilizing geothermal, solar, and wind power as energy sources for the hotel. The hotel has qualified for a LEED Platinum rating, and has created systems for energy savings and efficiency. The three towers of the hotel marry dynamic and artistic design with logical architecture and functionality. The pure, clean geometric shapes of the hotel's exterior were crated to not only play off the hotel's visual surroundings, but to resist lateral force and movement.