Posts tagged with "Williamsburgh Savings Bank":

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Could Chad Oppenheim's Slab Hotel Rise Above the Williamsburg Bridge?

After a two-year lull since we broke the story about a potential 440-foot-tall boutique hotel adjacent the Williamsburg Bridge, it looks like developer Juan Figueroa is moving forward with his plans to build a 250-room hotel next to his under-renovation Williamsburgh Savings Bank. The Real Deal reported that the boutique hotel could check in guests as soon as 2015. AN previously reported that Miami-based Oppenheim Achitecture + Design had won an international design competition in 2011, but since the initial announcement, little has been revealed about the design plans. Oppenheim’s 440-foot-tall tower, made up of three slabs, originally seemed like a radical departure from the generic high rises that have spread across Williamsburg. But now with SHoP Architects’ proposed designs for the Domino Sugar Site in the mix, it looks like the north Brooklyn skyline might be injected with a little imagination after being populated with its fair share of prosaic development. Plans for the hotel are in the early stages and an updated design has not been released, nor has Figueroa confirmed the Oppenheim design will be used, but the hotel will reportedly top out at 40 stories, which would fit with the previously reported height of Oppenheim's design. Figueroa is also in the process of turning the neo-classical Williamsburgh Saving Bank into an event space and gallery, and anticipates that the renovation will be complete by this fall.  
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Save Your Best Moves for Beaux Arts Ball 2012

The Architectural League of New York has recently announced the theme and location of it's annual Beaux Arts Ball for 2012.  The event itself will be held on Saturday, September 22, in the Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Downtown Brooklyn. Emerging architects SOFTlab will be in charge of realizing this year's theme, "Tender," within the space. Recognized as one of the premier annual gatherings of the architectural and design community in New York, the Beaux Arts ball typically attracts over 1,000 architects, designers, artists, and friends annually. First held in New York City in 1913 by the Society of Beaux Arts, the gathering was revived in 1990 by The Architectural League to benefit its ongoing architecture and design programs, including lectures, exhibitions, and publications. As an icon of the Brooklyn skyline, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank is sure to wow guests and be remembered as yet another architecturally significant venue. The festivities will take place underneath the 63-foot high ceilings of it's former banking hall and architects from design studio SOFTlab in collaboration with Natasha Jen of Pentagram will design the space for the evenings festivities. The theme, "Tender," with it's multiple interpretations as noun, verb, and adjective will shape their design. Tickets for this event can be purchased in advance at archleague.org and at the door that evening.