New Haven’s Pirelli Building transformed to Hotel Marcel

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NEW HAVEN — The striking, Brutalist — and very, very visible — Marcel Breuer-designed Pirelli Building that has stood empty for decades next to Ikea at the junction of Interstates 95 and 91 is empty no more.

Vacant since soon after Pirelli Tire Co.’s 1988 purchase of the Armstrong Tire Co., which opened the building as its headquarters in 1970, the building this past week was a noisy beehive of last-minute preparations, full of the sounds of vacuums and occasional hammering and power tools.

But on Monday it will settle down and open — just in time for Yale University’s May 23 commencement — as the hippest, most sustainable and eco-friendly new hotel in town.