Architecture studio Becker + Becker has converted a 70s brutalist building in Connecticut, designed by Marcel Breuer, into a hotel. We have already written about the plans of developer Bruce Becker, let’s see the result.
The building, which originally served as an office building, sat unused for more than 20 years before Connecticut-based architecture studio Becker + Becker purchased it. In May, it came back to life again, in the form of a 165-room hotel.
Bruce Becker’s goal was to preserve the value of the listed building through sustainability, making Hotel Marcel the first hotel in the US to achieve Passive House certification, and they are also working towards LEED Platinum. More than 1,000 solar panels provide the structure’s entire energy supply, and natural light is also used to a greater extent in the rooms.
During the renovation, the façade was kept in its original form, and the interior was modernized based on the plans of Brooklyn-based Dutch East Design. Public and private spaces are characterized by white painted walls and minimalist furniture, mostly from local craftsmen.
Photos: Seamus Payne