Two years after the murmurs of the 1 Hotel brand marking its territory on Canadian soil, Hotel Designs is finally able to take a taste inside 1 Hotel Toronto – and it was worth the wait!
The Rockwell Group’s design concept for the new lifestyle hotel to emerge on the city’s hotel scene is reframing the city – disrupting its urbanism, answering the question, “What if a luxury hotel was an inviting portal to the natural world, instead of escaping from it? “.
“Our vision for the hotel invites guests to celebrate Toronto’s ecology through materiality and locally made works of art. – David Rockwell, Founder, Rockwell Group.
“We have long admired the sustainability and green ethos of 1 Hotels, and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to design the new 1 Hotel Toronto with a biophilic focus,” said David Rockwell, Founder of The Rockwell Group. “Our vision for the hotel invites guests to celebrate Toronto’s ecology through materiality and locally made works of art. Every corner of the design story subconsciously reflects a strong sense of belonging. The hotel’s material palette, for example, draws inspiration from the muted colors of Lake Ontario and the contrasting tones of the passing seasons and includes reclaimed wood, native plants, plank concrete, and local marble.
The hotel lobby welcomes guests into a warm, nest-like space surrounded by floor-to-ceiling bay windows, which create a light box at night, as well as a sense of continuity between interior and exterior. outside. The hotel entrance is framed by a mix of granite and limestone boulders, maple trees, local plants, warm woods, and a green awning that recalls Canada’s natural landscape.
It features 4.5 meter high ceilings, reclaimed elm wood flooring and shelves from a dismantled barn in Ontario. Additional sustainable design details include a living green wall, found objects, local stone, and furniture salvaged from materials such as elm wood and teak root.
A stone wall with wood-like streaks – carved out of glacial activity along the Eramosa River – serves as the backdrop to an art installation designed by Toronto artists Moss & Lam behind the check-in desk.
Once the first impressions have been made, guests can discover that 1 Hotel offers a complete food and drink experience, with a selection of two restaurants and two bars spread throughout the hotel.
Modern Kitchen 1 has a vintage vibe and is set in a glass-walled conservatory-like space with a wooden vaulted ceiling and curved trusses hanging from the greenery. Providing all the food ingredients within a 50 km radius, 1 Kitchen is a neighborhood destination that welcomes both hotel guests and locals.
In keeping with the local, artisanal design scheme, Madera is an organic Mexican restaurant that follows the design elements of the hotel, with textured sandblasted wood, greenery, wooden dining chairs made by Benchmark, wood table tops with reclaimed living edges, artistic handmade containers, and modern, vibrant lighting.
Harriet’s is the city’s newest rooftop hotspot with an open-concept sushi bar with sliding glass walls and a retractable roof, to make the most of the stunning city and lake views. Design details are reminiscent of Toronto’s flora and fauna, with a braided rope ceiling interspersed with wooden beams, reclaimed elm wood flooring, and leather and lambskin accents.
The bright and airy bedrooms at 1 Hotel Toronto feature sliding barn wood doors dividing the bedroom and bathroom. The studio added warmth to the Carrara marble bathrooms by using hickory wood contours for the vanities. A natural wood accent wall is added behind the bed, along with a leather headboard. A piece of art consisting of a fallen tree fragment, sourced from a local woodworking studio, completes the design.
Commenting on the collaboration with 1 Hotel, Rockwell Group Founder David Rockwell said, “We have long admired the sustainability and green ethics of 1 Hotels, and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to design the new 1 Hotel Toronto with a biophilic focus. Our vision for the hotel invites guests to celebrate Toronto’s ecology through materiality and locally made works of art.
Main image credit: Brandon Barre