Advance Praise for Pierhouse

Sep 17, 2013

Pierhouse - Marvel Architects
A year ago in the New Yorker, Alexandra Lange praised our design for Pierhouse and Hotel One in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and today The New York Times picks up on her theme. Last September Ms. Lange wrote,

“[The Pierhouse hotel and condo] building echoes the park’s simplified use of stone and steel. It steps down to meet the green lawns with planted roofs. Pedestrian pathways through the structure ensure it will not be a barrier to public access, and the line between the park and the building’s private spaces is a berm rather than a wall. Because the park came first, the architects let the park lead, making their building more parklike, letting architecture defer to landscape. Because the park came first, there was no question that Pier One was public, that the hotel guests and apartment owners would have to share, and that the building could serve as an improved link between the still-industrial Furman Street and the open space.”

Today in The New York Times, Michael Kimmelman–in a  review of Bjarke Ingels contribution to Brooklyn Bridge Park, soon to be approved–he discusses the public/private nature of development that supports the park, but more importantly, how architectural gestures should defer to the park rather than overshadow it.

“It’s a deal similar to the one for the hotel and residential complex now under construction on Pier 1, which the New York architect Jonathan Marvel has conceived for the developers Toll Brothers and Starwood. Mr. Marvel’s design defers to the park.”

While construction of Pierhouse and Hotel One has gotten underway, the building won’t begin to rise until Spring 2014. Stay tuned!