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Look inside the nation’s first net-zero energy hotel



The Marcel hotel, which will open this spring, will produce 100% of its own electricity.

A rendering of the Hotel Marcel in New Haven, Connecticut. Hotel Marcel

A brutalist Connecticut office building that sat empty for years will reopen this spring as the nation’s first net zero hotel.

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The 165 rooms Hotel Marcel, part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, was built in 1970 by Bauhaus designer and architect Marcel Breuer (after whom the hotel is named). The structure was formerly the Pirelli Tire Building and, before that, the headquarters of the Armstrong Rubber Company. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hotel Marcel is the first net zero energy hotel in the country and Certified Passive House hotel, an all-electric hotel generating 100% of its own electricity and energy for heating and hot water with a rooftop solar panel and solar-powered parking canopies, according to a press release.

“This means that we exclusively use 100% solar electricity to power our entire building,” according to the hotel manager. website. “To illuminate guest rooms. Cook delicious dinners for two or 200 people. Wash the sheets and let you personally choose the right temperature for a perfect nap.

The hotel will use “cutting edge” technology, including Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting and on-site renewable energy generation.

“With the climate crisis and the continued use of fossil fuels posing an existential threat to humanity, I felt compelled to construct a building that could serve as a model of environmental sustainability,” said Bruce Redman Becker, Chairman of Becker. + Becker, in a press release. declaration. “The question shouldn’t be why are we doing this, but why isn’t everyone doing it?”

The Hôtel Marcel, which is one of ten LEED Platinum Certified hotels across the United States, will include a new full-service American restaurant and bar, a sunken lounge, and 7,000 square feet of event space with an interior courtyard and 15-foot-high ceilings.

A king room at the Hotel Marcel. Hotel Marcel

The hotel’s design is a collaboration between Westport, Connecticut-based architect Becker + Becker and New York-based interior design and branding studio Dutch East Design.

“The Hotel Marcel will reintroduce the public to the raw beauty and strength of brutalism with the architecture of the building leading the narrative and a
less is more approach to interior design,” according to a press release.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a custom wooden reception desk and Cle terracotta tile wall amidst warm earth tones upon arrival.

The “minimalist and welcoming” rooms, which offer views of Long Island Sound, historic New Haven and Yale University, are done in concrete gray, caramel vinyl and walnut, with accents of dark green and Sienna. Rooms also include artwork and sculptural decorative lighting.

“Following the original floor plans of the office floor, the bedrooms achieve an openness through interlocking elements, with the closet connecting to the bedside table and the headboard of the platform bed frame”, according to the team.

Eighth-floor suites, done in light blues and warm grays, feature preserved wood paneled walls that were once the building’s executive offices and conference rooms.

A guest bathroom at the Hotel Marcel. Hotel Marcel

Furniture, rugs, rugs and lighting are custom designed by Dutch East Design, who chose Bauhaus-inspired designs.

“It is a rare opportunity to be offered such an iconic structure to turn into a hotel,” Larah Moravek, co-founder of Dutch East Design, said in a statement. “We wanted to honor the distinct architecture and celebrate the building in all its glory. We’ve taken an intentional stance to allow the interiors to be the soft underbelly of the brutalist exoskeleton.

A rendering of BLDG, the hotel restaurant.

The hotel restaurant is called BLDG, short for the word building and frequently used in architectural shorthand. Diners will sit at minimal tables and use napkins made from recycled textiles. They will choose from a menu of local dishes including lobster rolls and duck confit sliders. The wine list will include wines from Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Chile and California.

Hotel Marcel is operated by Chesapeake Hospitality.

Rates start at $229.