One of Brooklyn’s most unusual new buildings is up to the second story at 55 Wythe Avenue, and its distinctive Jetsons-like tower over a block of one-story shops can already be discerned, we saw when we stopped by over the weekend.
Formerly known as the Level Hotel, the William Vale Hotel will have 183 “four star” rooms, according to its website. The developer is Riverside Developers and the architect is Albo Liberis, The Wall Street Journal reported last month.
The structure’s skeleton is beginning to resemble its already published rendering, below. Currently structural steel beams are being lifted into place. They will then be encased in concrete, a manager on site told us. Construction is expected to wrap by the end of this year, with the hotel in operation by 2016, he said.
The exterior of the retail spaces on the ground floor is nearly done. Unusual building features include 20,000 square feet of public green space on its roof and a rooftop pool. There will also be underground parking.
It’s quite different from neighbor Wythe Hotel, housed in an old factory, whose opening in 2012 kicked off the nightclub-hotel trend in this formerly industrial section of Williamsburg. What do you think of it?
Jetsons-Like Design Planned for Hotel at 55 Wythe Avenue in North Williamsburg [Brownstoner]
Rendering via Shopping Center Group