the LEED-targeted hotel is a pair of hammocks that
look out at the namesake bridge and the Statue of
Liberty. If heading out into the city, one can rent an
electrically powered Tesla.
For the interior, created just after Superstorm
Sandy, the designers for the first time with 1 Hotels
embraced the idea that nature could be threatening
as well as soothing. A mural upstairs draws a rising
water line, while a sculpture behind the reception
desk was made from rubber roof shingles. “That
came from chaos, and yet it created this beautiful
sculpture that is about the power of rebuilding and
coming together after a storm,” El Hadidy says.
Though there are currently three 1 Hotels locations, that’s soon to change, with new editions set
to open in Sanya, China, in 2018, as well as Cabo,
Mexico, and Sunnyvale, California, in 2019. Each
new hotel will emphasize comfort and employ pure,
Like 1 Hotels, Europe’s Generator Hostels starts
by embracing the DNA of each city and neighborhood it calls home. Generator outposts in cities like
Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, Rome, and Paris occupy
historic buildings in high-energy neighborhoods.
The chain is also unique in how it combines and
transforms traditionally separate lodging categories.
“The idea was to really create a new segment of
the market between hotels and hostels,” explains
Anwar Mekhayech, a founding partner in Toronto-based DesignAgency, which collaborated with
Generator on both the overall brand and its individual location designs. “We saw an incredible amount
of opportunity with hostels because they’d been
sort of neglected. There were always compromises,
whether it’s bad design, bad amenities, or bad locations. It was always about price, price, price.” While
creating both relatively small, shared hostel-styled
Generator Amsterdam (above and below)
offers spacious and flexible social areas filled
with creative design elements.
Spaces within Generator Barcelona
(left) redefine preconceived notions
of the term, “hostels.”
“The idea was to
really create a
of the market