This Marcel Breuer–Designed Brutalist Building Has Reopened as a Net-Zero Luxury Hotel

Published by Architectural Digest: Marcel Breuer was at the height of his fame, in 1968, when he was commissioned to design new headquarters for the Armstrong Rubber Company, in New Haven, Connecticut. Breuer’s landmark complex has just reopened as Hotel Marcel New Haven, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Designed and developed by Bruce Becker of Becker & Becker, it is also slated to be the first net-zero hotel in the United States, generating at least as much energy on-site as it consumes.

In addition to its anticipated net-zero status and LEED Platinum certification, which is being tracked live and evaluated by the New Buildings Institute, Hotel Marcel will use no natural gas. The HVAC run on electricity, and the kitchen is entirely equipped with induction burners. Lighting throughout the building sends power over ethernet, reducing energy consumption by as much as 30%. Preliminary data suggests that the building can operate indefinitely off the grid.

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