Name: 1 Hotel South Beach
Category: Global- Beach Hotel
Location: Miami, Florida
Date completed: March 2015
Architect: Kobi Karp Architects
Interior designer: Meyer Davis

1 Hotel South Beach sits directly on 600 feet of pristine beach front. The property offers unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the 426-room hotel, the 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 material. The property features four swimming pools, 57 cabanas and daybeds, an 18,000 square foot spa, wellness and fitness centre, and over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space.

Materials for construction and furnishings are regional, reclaimed, or re purposed whenever possible. This includes saving Colorado beetle kill pine to create headboards and Ipe wood from the property’s original boardwalk to cover the redesigned pool deck. The new property was designed from existing buildings that were overhauled to adhere to the brand’s standards for less consumption and more conservation. Every aspect has been updated, such as: installing state- of-the-art, 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; and using low- flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water.

The design team took time to determine which materials were appropriate to use at what dimension to strike the perfect balance architecturally. Each venue within the hotel is punctuated: from reception’s modern jungle, to a beautiful jewel-like coral stone lobby bar, to an installation of
unique woven vessels in a public seating area. Designed to every inch, this property was a labour of love from all angles, and a ground breaking accomplishment in luxury hospitality.