Becker + Becker

Hotel Marcel

Project at a Glance

New Haven, CT


Becker + Becker

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Project Overview

  • Slated to be the first net-zero energy hotel in the United States through LEED Platinum and Passive House regulations
  • Historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of landmark designed by modernist architect Marcel Breuer into a boutique hotel
  • Interior adaptation to house guest rooms, restaurant spaces and meeting areas

After remaining long-vacant, New Haven’s iconic 1967 Pirelli Tire Building is undergoing a transformation to become America’s first net-zero energy hotel—Hotel Marcel. Designed by renowned architect Marcel Breuer, the eight-story historic landmark will host 165 guest rooms, restaurant and bar areas, gallery space and meeting rooms.

To achieve its groundbreaking net-zero status in the hospitality industry, Hotel Marcel is targeting LEED platinum and Passive House certifications through the installation of: rooftop and parking solar power canopy arrays; electric car charging stations; a high-performance envelope; an energy recovery system; high-efficiency heat pumps; and low-voltage LED lighting technology. The project will also utilize recycled and local construction materials to maximize sustainability efforts.

Once complete, Hotel Marcel will contribute to economic development initiatives for the City of New Haven, providing an increase in job opportunities with its prime waterfront location adjacent to the City’s train stations and major highways.