The Architect’s Newspaper reports that there was a design competition for a proposed hotel next to the Williamsburgh Savings Bank and the vision above was picked as the winner. According to the story, the Oppenheim Architecture+Design-drafted concept for the 440-foot-tall tower would be called “Williamsburghotel” and consist of “three 16-foot deep vertical slabs.” How theoretical is the project? Unclear. It would rise on the land next to the bank, which developer Juan Figueroa is transforming into a gallery and event space. Architect Chad Oppenheim, for one, is talking about it like it’s a sure thing: “We did not want the hotel’s form to be in constant battle with the adjacent historic bank. We tried to accomplish more with less, opting for a timeless solution that delivers grace, and drama through powerful manipulations of scale, proportion, and materiality. …I am incredibly excited to do our first project in New York, and especially in Brooklyn.” We’ll see! In the meantime, click through for a couple more renderings.
Meet Williamsburgh Savings Bank’s Lofty New Neighbor [Architect’s Newspaper]