Design Buzz: 1 Hotels South Beach

Starwood Capital’s new luxury lifestyle brand, 1 Hotels, recently opened its first property in South Beach. Here's a peek at the design scheme of the new 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach

For interiors and landscaping, 1 Hotels collaborated with architects and designers who share the brand’s vision of sustainability. At 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, boutique design firm Meyer Davis Studio transformed a Miami building on 600 feet of oceanfront into a statement of design inspired by nature. Nikola Gradisinki of NGNY revamped the property’s rooftop.

At the property guests are welcomed with 3,000 feet of living wall wrapped around its exterior, with 11,000 local tropical plant varieties in interactive hanging terrariums, a plant laboratory from local Miami artisans Plant the Future.

The South Beach property was designed from an existing building, 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.

In the property's 426 rooms, which average 700 square feet — the largest on South Beach — king-sized beds built on reclaimed white oak platforms are the norm, with wrap-around daybed couches, bedside chalkboards for notes and complimentary reusable recycled water glasses available to use with the Triple Clear Water in-room water tap.

Like all 1 Hotels properties, the new hotel aims for a minimal environmental footprint by leveraging 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 saving Colorado beetle kill pine to create headboards at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach.

Brand amenities 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, and complimentary Wi-Fi and digital newspapers on an in-room device.

For dining, chef Tom Colicchio is overseeing three food and beverage programs and in-room dining, including Beachcraft; the lobby bar called Tom on Collins; and the poolside restaurant and bar called The Sand Box. In May 2015, the property will introduce 1 Kitchen: Organic Food And Juice Bar by Spring Cafe.

Coming in late 2015, South Beach guests will enjoy an 18,000-square-foot fitness center and spa.

The 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach will be followed by a 1 Hotels property in Central Park in late spring, and Brooklyn Bridge Park at the end of 2015.