Located on a full city block on the bustling Collins Avenue, Meyer Davis was tasked to breathe new life into an existing, outdated hotel with legendary hotelier Barry Sternlicht of Starwood Capital. The hotel's celebration of nature is evident, from the graceful twist of driftwood furnishings to the ever-present sounds of the ocean and abundance of living, natural materials. Guests are welcomed with 3,000 feet of living wall wrapped around its exterior filled with 11,000 local tropical plant varieties and playful art as nature pieces. Materials for construction and furnishings are regional, reclaimed, or repurposed.
The interior design team's approach to selecting materials was one of the most important aspects of design, each decision aimed to use materials in the most honest and natural way. These and more honest materials are carefully combined and thoughtfully contrasted through texture and color. The cooperation and tension found in material relations reflect how they are experienced in nature. Reflecting this narrative throughout the hotel creates an immediate and lasting impact.
Natural elements such as the coral stone carved 1 monument sign, banyan trees, hand woven baskets and a majority of the furniture itself were featured as sculptural art. Additionally to the natural materials, plant life was a main factor in architecture, art and design. By collaborating with many teams, we were able to bring the unique aspects of 1 Hotel South Beach's design to life. Living walls, moss artwork, terrariums and air plants throughout create a lively and fresh design. Collaborative teams included local landscape architect EDSA, local AOR Kobi Karp, local plant artists Plant the Future. The on-site landscape team is also vital in the growth and maintenance of the property over time due to the unique plant life throughout. These subtle touches of nature and lush greenery blur the distinction between indoor and outdoor.
Throughout the 426-room hotel, the property features four swimming pools, three outlets from James Beard Award-winning chef Tom Colicchio, and over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The long axial lobby of the 1 hotel acts as the main circulation to arriving hotel guests. Definition within the oversized lobby was required. The guest is drawn into the large lobby space which is defined with lounge areas that offer comfortable and intimate seating defined by oversized pendants, wool shag rugs, linen drapery and a vertical wood trellis that screens heavy guest traffic to and from the elevators.
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