Forget everything you heard and know about South Beach at Miami! Meyer Davis created a distinctly unique modern oasis in the heart of South Beach for Starwood Capital Group’s new luxury eco-design and living concept, 1. True to 1 Hotels’ philosophy, Meyer Davis’ design of 1 Hotel South Beach celebrates the natural landscape, where the hotel design was rethought to provide the best luxury experience in the most basic terms, and in terms of that which is honest, simple and luxurious.
Inspired by nature and themed by a chic simplicity that embraces the use of natural materials, 1 Hotel South Beach integrates its natural environment into every corner of the hotel. This award-winning eco-resort was the first property to open under the 1 Hotels brand.
The site of 1 Hotel South Beach, occupies an entire city block on Collins Avenue, directly on 600 feet of Atlantic Ocean beachfront, Miami’s natural paradise. Meyer Davis Studio was charged with transforming the lower eight stories of the 1968 building, for the hotel, while the upper eight became apartments. 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 lobby design also presents an innovative model for the programming of public space. Beyond the double-height entry, the ceiling drops to a grottolike level for the reception area, where the hulking desk’s live-edge oak top rests on a gnarled teak-root base, and an absolute jungle of real greenery looms. But much more daunting than this straight-ahead progression was a perpendicular axis extending 130 feet.
Meyer Davis Studio conceived the gallery as a continuum of intimate seating groups along a central circulation route. Paola Navone sofas, armchairs, and ottomans are all slipcovered in white—impossibly chic.
The dining room, downstairs, is furnished with beachy wicker chairs and teak-topped tables. Above, a rugged-luxe lounge features Mexican-style chairs with saddle-leather seats and floor lamps with bases made from mangrove roots.
The hotel design highlights natural textures by incorporating reclaimed woods, such as mushroom wood, Javanese teak root, driftwood, white oak, bleached walnut, beetle kill pine and spalted maple, natural poured and polished concrete floors.
Brazilian architect and interior designer Debora Aguiar leads the spa and residential design with glass enclosed Napa-style paned walk-in showers and rustic coppers fixtures as accents.