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Brooklyn Motto Hotel

View from outside of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture

Former Brownstone, Future Tower

Nestled among the brownstones on the venerable Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, DF&A’s modular hotel tower is slender but significant. Brooklyn Motto Hotel is Hilton’s first modular hotel, and, as a 26-story, 117-key building the width of a single townhouse, it uses every inch of its site. The design of the steel facade is a pure expression of the tower’s efficiency: the shape undulates from floor to floor with the addition (or omission) of ADA-compliant rooms. At ground level, a mega cantilever at the entry extends the public space–a ground floor coffee bar–out to the street. Finally we make the most out of our slender site by heading underground, where we embedded many of the hotel’s amenities, including an enormous F&B space lit by a series of large baffled skylights.

This ambitious use of subterranean space is perfect for a hotel that takes its design cues from the New York Transit Museum across the street. Subway signage, angled mirrors, and subway polls refer to the sleek, efficient, democratic aesthetic of the city’s public transit. The hotel rooms are modeled on cabin cars, with built-in furnishings and rounded corners. We even use graffiti as a striking design motif, in a nod both to the MTA and to one of the neighborhood’s most famous native sons, Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Site plan analysis of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Podium of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Aerial hero view of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
View from outside of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Project steps of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Stacking strategy of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Building section of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Building roof levels of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Podium section perspective of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Brooklyn Motto Hotel project on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Module construction of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Axonometric view of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Elevations views of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Facade detail of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Site plan analysis of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Podium of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Aerial hero view of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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View from outside of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Project steps of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Setbacks and lot coverage of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Additional floors on the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Privately owned public space on the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Residential use floor area on the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Additional floor on the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Mechanical space on the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Additional floors on the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Energy efficient perimeter walls on the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Additional floor on the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Architectural crenelation on the steel facade of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Additional floor on the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Rear yard setback on the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Dwelling units on the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Final building massing of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Guestroom module stacking strategy of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Guestroom module stacking strategy of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Guestroom module stacking strategy of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Guestroom module stacking strategy of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Guestroom module stacking strategy of the Brooklyn Motto Hotel project, a modular hotel tower on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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