Damien Harrison, AvroKo Hospitality bring 1 Hotel Central Park to life

As part of the new luxury lifestyle brand 1 Hotels, Starwood Capital Group announced the scheduled June launch of a property in Central Park. This follows the earlier launch of a property in South Beach, and will be followed by another property opening in Brooklyn Bridge Park at the end of 2015.

At 1 Hotel Central Park, people will see a three-story living wall of English Ivy on the building’s exterior; while guests will be greeted by hanging kokedamas in the lobby, with terrariums and indoor window planters in guestrooms from Brooklyn-based Sprout Home.

AvroKo Hospitality and landscape designer Harrison Green will bring 1 Hotel Central Park to life with the use of natural materials.


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Meanwhile, the architectural firm Incorporated is working together with landscape designer Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to realize 1 Hotels’ ground-up property at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park site.

1 Hotels’ properties have minimal environmental footprint as they leverage 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 redwood staves from NYC water tanks used on the facade of 1 Hotel Central Park; and hewn beams and timbers from local New York barns and factories in guestrooms.

The Central Park property was designed from an existing building that was 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 feature 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.

Brand amenities available at the property will 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, complimentary Wi-Fi, and digital newspapers on an in-room device.

Chef Jonathan Waxman will bring his JAMS restaurant back to life.

Later in 2015, chef Seamus Mullen will open his first Brooklyn restaurant at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Located in the middle of Manhattan, 1 Hotel Central Park (1414 Avenue of the Americas) will stand one block south of Central Park at the corner of 58th Street and Sixth Avenue. Set in an 18-story building, the hotel will offer 229 guestrooms and suites; JAMS, a 116-seat restaurant and bar from chef Jonathan Waxman; communal work/meeting/private dining space; a 24-hour fitness center; and a three-story exterior living green wall, among additional features. With interior designs by AvroKo Hospitality, 1 Hotel Central Park will bring the outside in with materials including woods, bricks, marble, stone and glass from local building-material suppliers. Window seats in guestrooms allow guests to perch above Manhattan streets. Landscape design by Damien Harrison’s Harrison Green will have a living wall along the building’s exterior, as well as planters before each guestroom entrance.