Permits were filed back in July of 2016 for a new hotel at 1548 Bedford Avenue, in Crown Height, Brooklyn. Though construction has not yet started, new renderings by ODA have revealed a daring, low-slung arched building adorned with a dark concrete façade. The hotel is located just two blocks away from the Franklin Avenue subway station, serviced by the 2, 3, 4 and 5 trains. The Botanic Garden subway station is one block further, serviced by the Shuttle trains.
The project is in an unusual spot, the heart of a residential neighborhood of central Brooklyn. It demonstrates the developers’ interest in reaching markets not yet fully explored.
The 100-room hotel will yield 38,300 square feet, and will include a ground floor restaurant, café, and rooftop garden. According to Curbed, which first revealed the renderings, the nearby Soldiers and Sailors’ Arch in the Grand Army Plaza, situated just twelve blocks away, was the inspiration for the archway design.
The building’s cloistered interior courtyard with landscaped grass also serves as a reference to the nearby Prospect Park. The concrete exterior will be toned to a charcoal hue.
The design does resemble David Adjaye’s attractive high-rise residential tower at 130 William Street, which also incorporates dark-concrete arches for its façade.
As for 1548 Bedford Avenue, construction is expected to begin soon, with completion anticipated within 18 months. Williamsburg-based Yoel Schwimmer will be responsible for the design, and the developers hope to achieve a 5-star status.