Design Buzz: 1 Hotel Central Park

1 Hotel Central Park is the latest upcoming property from Starwood Capital Group's new 1 Hotels luxury lifestyle brand, which launched with the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach in March.

AvroKo Hospitality and landscape designer Harrison Green will bring 1 Hotel Central Park to life with the use of natural materials.

At the hotel, guests will see a three-story living wall of English Ivy on the building’s exterior, hanging kokedamas in the lobby, and terrariums and indoor window planters in guestrooms from Brooklyn-based Sprout Home.

1 Hotels’ properties have minimal environmental footprint as they leverage local resources, conserving non-renewable resources, mitigating paper consumption and reducing landfill waste.  Materials for construction and furnishings are regional, reclaimed, or repurposed, whenever possible. This includes redwood staves from NYC water tanks used on the facade of 1 Hotel Central Park; and hewn beams and timbers from local New York barns and factories in guestrooms.

The Central Park property was designed from an existing building that was overhauled to adhere to the brand’s standards for less consumption and more conservation. Every aspect of the property was updated, such as installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems; installing motion sensors; using LED illumination to reduce electrical demands and heat build-up from lighting; using low V.O.C paints, adhesives, sealants and finishes; installing Triple Clear Water filters in all taps, sinks, and showers; using low-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water; and using eco-friendly Ipura dry cleaning machine and detergent-free Zum Clean aromatherapy eucalyptus laundry soap.

Guestrooms and suites at every 1 Hotel have custom hemp-blend Keetsa mattresses topped with hypoallergenic, 100 percent organic linens; custom-created 1 Hotels bath and body products; and hangers made from recycled paper.

Brand amenities available at the property will include: Tesla premium electric car service for guest transportation within a pre-set radius, complimentary bicycle valet, complimentary parking for guests who bring their own electric vehicles, complimentary Wi-Fi, and digital newspapers on an in-room device.

Chef Jonathan Waxman will spearhead the property's JAMS restaurant.

1 Hotel Central Park will stand one block south of Central Park at the corner of 58th Street and Sixth Avenue. The property is scheduled to open in June, with another New York hotel, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park, set to open at the end of 2015.