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ODA New York unveils minimalist concrete hotel for Crown Heights

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The 100-room hotel will have a rooftop garden, a ground-floor restaurant, and a cafe


Nearly two years after the project was first announced, a host of new renderings have emerged for the ODA New York-designed hotel in Crown Heights. On first glance, the building looks like an anomaly in the neighborhood, but architect Eran Chen explained in a statement how the design referenced many neighborhood features.

The arches that frame the entrance to the building, which will be located at 1550 Bedford Avenue, are a reference to the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch at Grand Army Plaza, and the greenery interspersed throughout the building is meant to be a reference to Prospect Park and the tree-lined Eastern Parkway.

“In this project, we incorporated the same values that we believe to be imperative for people to flourish: ample natural light, access to green spaces, and opportunities for connection,” said Chen in a statement.

Similar to their work at the former Rheingold sites in Bushwick, this building too features an interior courtyard; this space will feature minimalist landscaping and a pond that create a Zen garden-like feeling. The hotel will be entered through this courtyard, and instead of a traditional lobby reception desk, ODA has designed two marble pedestals in the entrance area that will have seating nearby and overlook the courtyard. The building’s exterior will be made out of concrete that will have a charcoal hue.

The hotel’s 100 rooms will have floor-to-ceiling oak and carpeting with a moss-like motif. Amenities at the hotel include a publicly-accessible, tiered rooftop terrace; a rooftop bar; a ground floor restaurant; and a cafe. Construction on this five-story hotel is just about getting underway and is scheduled to wrap in the next 18 months.