Becker + Becker

Hotel Marcel

Project at a Glance

New Haven, CT


Becker + Becker

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Project Overview

  • All-electric net-zero energy hotel designed to be the first hotel in the US to achieve Passive House and LEED Platinum certifications
  • 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 underwent a transformation to become America’s first net-zero energy hotel—Hotel Marcel. Originally designed by renowned architect Marcel Breuer, the eight-story historic landmark now hosts 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 also utilized recycled and local construction materials to maximize sustainability efforts.