The site of 1 Hotel South Beach, technically over the border in quieter Mid-Beach, stretches a full city block with 600 feet of Atlantic Ocean beachfront.
Meyer Davis Studio was charged with transforming the lower eight stories of the 1968 building, for the hotel, while the upper eight became apartments. The 426 key count remains roughly equal to what it had been. But that’s about all that’s left. “We paid homage to the natural landscape of south Florida,” Meyer notes—versus the art deco razzle-dazzle typically associated with the area. In keeping with Sternlicht’s overall vision of sustainability, moves large and small rack up literal and figurative points in the quest for LEED Silver certification. Uses of reclaimed wood represent a virtual forest preserved. Dialing down to details, Meyer and Davis specified organic bed linens, hemp mattresses, and clothes hangers molded from recycled paper. Bedside note pads have disappeared in favor of chalkboards.