Ace Hotel Introduces An Experiment in Minimalism

Ace Hotel Introduces An Experiment in Minimalism
Design & Architecture

Sister City, the newest venture from the Ace Hotel Group, favors minimalist zen over a party atmosphere

Anna Johansson
  • 2 february 2018

When you walk into a hotel designed by Atelier Ace, the Ace Hotel Group‘s creative team, you expect to see a certain amount of bold and colorful details. For its latest project, Sister City, Atelier Ace took another unique approach to hotel design, but this time, it’s in an opposite direction. The concept behind the new hotel, which is slated to open this fall in New York, is all about minimalism.

Billed as “an experiment in essentialism,” the hotel draws its inspiration from relaxing sources like saunas, caves and plants. The website says it’s “a hotel distilled to its most beautiful working parts. It gives you shelter when you need it, but helps deliver you out into the wider world, too. Inspired by Finnish saunas, Japanese bento boxes, the rock-cut cliff dwellings of prehistory and John Cage’s 4’33”, Sister City considers what’s truly needed for the modern traveler.”

Sister City’s list of essentials includes a “roof,” “outlets,” “plants,” a “soft feeling,” “courage” and “spirit.” That’s not what you usually expect to get when you visit a hotel, but Sister City believes this is exactly what you need. “Every room is a vessel waiting to be filled,” the promo concludes.

While Ace Hotels are known for their connections to local culture and party atmosphere, Sister City is intentionally a blank canvas (see its Instagram) meant to act as a zen retreat for those trying to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

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The hotel, located 225 Bowery, is still under construction and will open later than originally planned. Once it’s done, visitors can expect to pay around $259 a night for one of its 200 rooms.

Sister City

Lead Image: Ace Hotel Group

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