New Haven’s Pirelli Building transformed to Hotel Marcel

Say hello to Hotel Marcel, part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “We’re excited,” said architect and co-owner Bruce Redman Becker of Becker + Becker in Westport. “Yale is a big part of our community” as is Yale New Haven Hospital, and “New Haven is underserved” when it comes to hotels, he said. Hotel Marcel, with an array of solar panels on the roof and atop parking canopies in the parking lot, already has received a Passive Building certification, which means it uses 80 percent less energy than a typical U.S. hotel. The goal is to use solar power to generate its own electricity for lighting, heating, cooling and hot water, Becker said. It’s listed on both the Connecticut and National registers of historic places. Its Modernist design — in a location passed by about 140,000 vehicles per day — was among the final controversies to come out of the urban renewal-era administration of former Mayor Richard C. Lee, who personally matched-up Armstrong both with the site and the architect.

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