The 1 Hotel Central Park sprouts out of Midtown Manhattan like a blossoming plant. Lush green English ivy swallows the exterior, ornamental moss dangles from the lobby’s rafters and salvaged wood that lines the elevators’ walls gives the illusion of being inside a tree trunk.
“The design is inspired by nature, a return to it,” says 1 Hotel general manager Hans Schaepman. “The message comes through in the touch and feel and smell of the hotel.”
Small details that reduce this 229-room hotel’s footprint could easily go unnoticed by guests, such as sand hourglasses in every shower to keep people mindful of how much water they consume and clothes hangers made from recycled paper. And that’s the point: Hotels no longer have to jeopardize the luxury experience to commit to sustainability.