IKEA might open a hotel in the iconic Pirelli building

  • Posted 2 weeks Ago

Reports suggest that IKEA could be planning to expand its hospitality operations, transforming the iconic Pirelli building in New Haven, Connecticut, into a hotel.

The 48-year old concrete building, which was designed by Hungarian-born modernist architect Marcel Breuer, was actually acquired by the Swedish retailer back in 2003. Large parts of it were knocked down to make way for its store, but the main tower remained, which is famous for its “top-heavy” look, with large gaps designed into its second and third floors.

According to the New Haven Independent, Matthew Nemerson, the city’s Economic Development Administrator, said the company originally had plans to turn it into a conference centre, but has since eyed up other options. "This is good news," Nemerson said. "It is going to be preserved. We clearly need more hotels."

When approached for comment, however, IKEA did not confirm the plans, with spokeswoman Lethisa Bracy saying: "IKEA has not announced any new plans for the New Haven Pirelli building. We do not have any additional updates at this time." IKEA currently has one hotel in its home town of Älmhult, Sweden, which it opened in 2016.

As always, stay tuned for more info!

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