Roman and Williams’ design of the long-awaited Ace Hotel Brooklyn pays homage to its environs

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At the confluence of Boerum Hill’s brownstone-lined streets and Downtown Brooklyn’s ever-expanding skyline is the Ace Hotel Brooklyn, a new ground-up 287-room luxury property that evokes the borough’s deeply layered cultural and geographic history. Much like the chain’s Manhattan and New Orleans outposts that celebrated New York firm Roman and Williams also designed, this latest project draws inspiration from its surroundings.

(Stephen Kent Johnson)

The sturdy, almost brutalist, 13-floor mid-rise building is delineated by architectonic detailing and multipane windows. Its well-executed industrial exterior alludes to Brooklyn’s egalitarian past. With nods to local hero Jean-Michel Basquiat, a large street-facing mural helps tether the building’s extruded massing to its setting. For this project, Roman and Williams made a conscious decision to channel the tradition of repurposed artist studios found throughout the sprawling borough.

“We chose to embrace a governing principle of purity and artistic spirit in our architecture and the spaces within,” said Roman and Williams coprincipal Robin Standefer. “We employed a philosophy of primitive modernism holistically across the project.”

(Stephen Kent Johnson)

Inside, this guiding principle makes for spacious yet welcoming public areas and well-appointed suites that serve as the perfect backdrop for works by local fiber artists. The guest rooms pair rich wood paneling with deep greens, and cork floors, a muted yet sophisticated material palette that contains well within exposed-concrete surfaces. Custom wood furnishings seamlessly integrated with tile and timber-clad feature walls. Floor-to-ceiling windows, found on all levels, provide sweeping views of the entire metropolis on higher floors. Ace Hotel Brooklyn is set to open later this spring.