London-based architecture and design practice, Michaelis Boyd recently designed the Williamsburg Hotel, a new-build eleven-storey development in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. The 150-room development in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, has been designed as an after-dark hub with restaurant, rooftop pool, many unique works of art and bespoke pieces of furniture by Michaelis Boyd in collaboration with Bill Amberg studio, London.


The Williamsburg Hotel

Located at the prime corner of Wythe Avenue and North 10th Street, Brooklyn, New York, the hotel has been designed as an after-dark hub with a restaurant, rooftop pool, the neighbourhood’s first grand ballroom, and three distinct bars, including one in a replica water tower built to pay homage to the block’s historic, now defunct, wooden water tower factory.

The hotel will open in phases: its richly tiled-and-textured guestrooms and cosy lobby bar opened in January 2017, and a restaurant will launch this winter, followed by a rooftop pool, water tower bar, and Brooklyn’s first grand ballroom.

1704 The Williamsburg Hotel

Industrial Facade

In keeping with its neighbourhood, The Williamsburg Hotel has an industrial facade with a creative underbelly. Michaelis Boyd have designed a scheme that features a brick, glass and Corten steel exterior. The interiors feature sophisticated double-height ceilings and natural finishes throughout.

The Bar

A striking bar dominates the cellar floor. Created from antique picture frames laid in a chevron pattern, the bar includes a vibrant installation made up of thousands of coloured threads designed by a local street artist Eric Rieger. The bar is flanked with cosy seating areas, luxurious banquettes and armchairs, and a large fireplace in one corner.

Destination of Creativity

The hotel is designed to be a destination centre of creativity, and local artists have been commissioned to create unique works for different areas within the building. Each room at the hotel features a range of bespoke furniture designed by Michaelis Boyd in collaboration with the London-based Bill Amberg studio, which is known for pushing the boundaries of leather-working in new directions.

1704 The Williamsburg Hotel

Hotel Exterior & Terrace

The hotel entrance leads guests down a dramatic, cascading external terrace into the cellar floor level in the heart of the hotel.

The terrace is heavily planted, with architectural lighting to highlight the organic shape of curved concrete banquettes. The banquettes are covered in soft bohemian cushions to create a vibrant and yet relaxed atmosphere for warm summer nights. Local artists were commissioned to provide colourful artwork on the brick walls surrounding the terrace.

The Williamsburg Hotel, New York

Location: 96 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Photography: Annie Schlechter

About Michaelis Boyd

Michaelis Boyd is a design-led architecture practice that has earned a reputation for simple, elegant architecture with a creative approach and an emphasis on sustainable and environmentally-sound building techniques.

Founded by Alex Michaelis and Tim Boyd in Notting Hill, London in 1995, the practice began with a primary focus on the luxury residential sector where they gained a strong reputation not only for contemporary additions to historic houses, but also new build residential projects.

Michaelis Boyd works on projects ranging from residential new build and renovation, to hotels, luxury private members clubs, restaurants and bars, for clients in the UK and around the world. Recent commissions include the interiors for the new residences at the Battersea Power Station, which will be completed in 2018, El Pastor – a taqueria in London Borough Market, and Soho Farmhouse – a luxury retreat in Oxfordshire by the Soho House Group.  In 2016 Michaelis Boyd completed the refurbishment of the iconic Groucho Club Soho, London.