Architect Chad Oppenheim’s Miami-based firm Oppenheim Architecture+Design has won a design competition for a new 36-story hotel to rise in Williamsburg at the foot of the eponymous bridge. The Williamsburghotel, as the project would be known, would rise to a height of 440 feet, encompass 86,000 square feet, and also seek a LEED Platinum rating from USGBC.
Oppenheim’s winning design is a series of 3, 16-feet-deep slabs whose heights match the surrounding neighborhood: the lowest slab plays off the heights of Williamsburg’s low-rise buildings; the second, the adjacent dome of the landmarked Williamsburg Savings Bank, which dates from the 1870s; and the third the Williamsburg Bridge itself. Green roofs would top the lower two slabs and the hotel would implement a variety of geothermal, wind, and solar power sources, in addition to a rooftop graywater system.
“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,” Mr. Oppenheim said in a press release. “The primal notion of tower and basilica is a typology more often associated with the Renaissance, which is extremely appropriate for an area in the midst of its own full-blown renaissance.”
No further details about the project are available – other than some skepticism from Williamsburg residents about the viability of the design.