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IKEA Plans To Build Hotel Out Of Abandoned Architectural Icon
By Mikelle Leow, 12 Sep 2018
Image via Jatupol Leaupathanasuk / Shutterstock.com
A brutalist architectural icon that has been left vacant for over a decade might soon find its messiah in the form of a Swedish furniture giant.
According to The Associated Press, IKEA is appealing with the City Plan Commission in New Haven, Connecticut to turn the city’s Pirelli Tire Building landmark into a 165-room hotel. It looks like MUJI’s hotels have competition.
Designed in the late 1960s by established 20th-century architect Marcel Breuer, the Pirelli Tire Building—which served as the headquarters of the Armstrong Rubber Co.—is made of two segments, with the upper office block being carried by pillars from the lower compartment.
Image via Gunnar Klack / Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA 4.0)
IKEA acquired the concrete, “raw” structure in 2003, but the building has been left relatively untouched since then.
The company’s apparent plans to repurpose this historical site as a hotel have been in talks for awhile. Preservationists have expressed their excitement in the possible lodging, which could have been torn down if abandoned for too long.
“This is good news…” said Matthew Nemerson, the city’s Economic Development Administrator. “We clearly need more hotels.”
It is still early days for this project, however. An IKEA spokesperson says that the brand has no current announcements to make about the supposed hotel.
[via The Seattle Times, images via various sources]
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