SH Group, the hotel brand management arm of Starwood Capital Group, opened 1 Hotel Central Park, the second property for the 1 Hotels brand, and the first in New York City. Located in the middle of Manhattan, 1 Hotel Central Park is one block away from New York City's Central Park, at the corner of 58th Street and Sixth Avenue.
Led by internal design team of Kemper Hyers, SH Group also partnered with New York-based AvroKO to design the hotel and restaurant, Damian Harris of Harrison Green for landscape design, AgroSci to create the hotel's three-story exterior green wall, and Sprout Home that provided green touches throughout the hotel, including Brooklyn Glass terrariums in guestrooms.
According to Greg Bradshaw, one of the principals at AvroKO, the natural and local materials emerged as the heart of the design.
Using the building's original industrial architecture as a reference point, the design brings the outside in. Source origin materials including woods, bricks, marble, stone and glass from local suppliers were blended with original riveted steel beams and concrete ceilings.
There are 16,000 fallen twigs embedded into two large steel doors that welcome guests to the hotel. On every floor, the floor numbers use repurposed materials, such as penny nails or acorns. Preserved moss are available in hallway niches.
Guestrooms have furniture made by local craftsmen, offset by a color palette of neutral colors and accents of blues and creams. Select rooms have reclaimed wooden timbers and window seats that extend from the building, allowing guests to perch above Manhattan streets. Bathrooms are rendered in tactile natural materials such as Breccia Capraia marble, mushroom wood, concrete tiles and reclaimed brick with rustic copper fixtures and Napa-style paned walk-in showers reminiscent of indoor greenhouses. Furnishings and infrastructure elements adhere to green building and LEED standards.
For landscaping, Damien Harrison's Harrison Green created green spaces around the hotel; while AgroSci maintains the three-story living wall on the building's exterior made of individually potted English Ivy plants. Brooklyn-based Sprout Home created terrariums for each guest room, housed within recycled studio glass from Brooklyn Glass.
The hotel has 229 guestrooms, including 22 suites and 1 Greenhouse Suite. Each room has Triple Clear Water filters in all taps, sinks and showers; energy-efficient heating and cooling systems; Keetsa hemp-blend mattresses; cotton towels, robes, socks, and linens; yoga mats for use with in-room programming; and eco-friendly cleaning solvents.
The property is also paperless with electronic check-in, bedside chalkboards in lieu of notepads and an in-room Nexus device pre-loaded with newspapers, magazines and the 1 Guide, the 1 Hotels’ app to control all aspects of the room. Wi-Fi is also provided.
There is a communal space on the second floor. Five private rooms are available for more formal gatherings of nine to 130 people. These rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with natural light, millwork décor, individual sound systems and 55-inch TVs. Three of the rooms may be combined to form a 600-square-foot space called the Great Lawn. Guests also have access to The Hive, a business area featuring two e-kiosks equipped with an iPad and printer.
For dining, the property has Jams, a 100-seat restaurant and bar that has an open kitchen. Design highlights include brick, exposed mechanicals in the ceiling, natural light, reclaimed oak, a quarry stone bar floor and a soap stone bar top, all of which are accented by a plum-colored palette.
Other amenities include the Field House, a fitness center on the second floor. The Field House overlooks 58th Street, is flooded with natural light and highlights a floor reclaimed from the University of Wisconsin basketball court.
1 Hotel Central Park follows the March opening of 1 Hotel South Beach and will soon be joined by 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2016.
PHOTOS BY ERIC LAIGNEL