Pod Hotel Brooklyn
Winner in Architectural Design Hotel – Economy
CM & Associates/ Polcom Modular
Michael Regan, Steven O’Hara, Nancy Kim
The Pod Hotel Brooklyn is a 100,000 square foot mixed-use hotel and commercial development in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The building is located in an old manufacturing district that is transforming into one of the liveliest cultural centers outside Manhattan. It provides an affordable place to stay for visitors to New York City travelling on a budget.
The idea of the Pod Hotel is to reduce cost by minimizing individual room sizes and to maximize social opportunities by providing generous communal spaces. Therefore, the building includes shared amenities, such as planted courtyard spaces, a restaurant and bar, a roof garden, and a roof terrace bar.
The success of the Pod Hotel relies on intelligent and efficient design to provide attractive, spacious-feeling lodgings despite each room being only about one hundred square feet. To accommodate this, bathrooms are included in the room space and enclosed with glass dividers to expand the apparent visual dimensions of the room. Generously sized Windows are strategically placed to draw the eye outside, Storage, workspaces and seating areas are optimized so that all available space is fully utilized.