Brutal Boro

28 : 07 : 2015 The Boro Hotel : Grzywinski+Pons : Brutalist Feminine

Queens, New York City – Architects Grzywinski+Pons have designed the new Boro hotel, with an interior and exterior that embrace the structure’s industrial aesthetics, but with a luxury twist.

  • The Boro hotel features 108 rooms and is situated in the evolving Dutch Kills neighbourhood of Queens
  • Grzywinski+Pons worked with the existing structure, adding warm finishes and textures
The Boro Hotel designed by Grzywinski+Pons, New York The Boro Hotel designed by Grzywinski+Pons, New York
The Boro Hotel designed by Grzywinski+Pons, New York The Boro Hotel designed by Grzywinski+Pons, New York
The Boro Hotel designed by Grzywinski+Pons, New York The Boro Hotel designed by Grzywinski+Pons, New York
The Boro Hotel designed by Grzywinski+Pons, New York The Boro Hotel designed by Grzywinski+Pons, New York

The designers embraced the structure’s existing concrete and cinder blocks, but gave them warm, rich finishes. The brutalist elements of the building were then complemented with oak flooring, painted pallet wood, leather and cork.

A bespoke range of furnishings was also created to give the interiors a high-end, boutique feel. ‘We approached the programme almost as though we were converting a disused industrial space to a new use,’ says Grzywinski+Pons. ‘In both the public spaces and the guest rooms we embraced the rawness of the project’s bones.’

The Big Picture: The delicate use of exposed concrete and industrial features in the hotel is another example of an emerging luxury design aesthetic we call Brutalist Feminine. Read more about it in our Design Direction section. 

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