The Wythe opened watchful eyes in may 2012 as a hotly anticipated new centre of hip happenings in the hyper-trendy Williamsburg neighbourhood in Brooklyn. The 73-key hotel was developed by Two trees Management, well known for their early pioneering in the transformation fo DUMBO, and Morris Adjmi Architects was selected to convert this former Industrial loft building in order to capture and retain the raw post-industrial and offbeat bohemian vibe that has come to define this corner of Brooklyn.
While much of the brick, cast iron, and timber-frame building was stripped back in time and restored, one bay of the structure was removed and replaced with a new all-glass and metal façade, affording west-facing guestrooms panoramic views od the Manhattan skyline and sunset.
The floor area removed in demolition was reconstructed as a 4-story glass and steel penthouse that features a terrace bar and incorporates marquee lighting to create a night time beacon atop the building.
The interior retains many of the original industrial elements, such as antique manufacturing equipment now repurposed as sculpture in situ and wood reclaimed from the demolition recused in creating nes guestroom furniture. Finish materials, such as cork and radiant-heated polished concrete, were chosen for their durability ande ase of maintenance. And in one of its most novel features, the hotel sports two “band rooms” outfitted with eight bunk beds each to provide accomodation for musicians playing gigs across the street at the renowned Brooklyn Bowl.
With additional guest amenities that include a lobby library, flexible event space, screening room, and Andrew Tarlow´s restaurante Reynards, the hotel is at once both luxe accomodation and laid-back neighbourhood hangout. This large, imposing building has a strong character but a soft centre where, despite its sturdy hip physique it encourages you to feel perfectly at home.