1 Hotel West Hollywood

A game-changing hotel using over 75 tons of local lumber to bring nature and sustainability center stage at 1 Hotel, West Hollywood. The multi-faceted project called on our full suite of services and included unique furniture pieces, large scale sculptural objects and functional landscaping elements.

Project Management
Chain of Custody
Custom Milling
Urban Lumber Consultancy
Concept Development
Design Development

Reception Desk
Sculptural Sign
Valet Sign
Hostess Sign

Blue Gum Eucalyptus: Altaloma- Maloof Foundation, Griffith Park, University Park
Canary Island Pine: Brentwood, Glendale, Northridge
Aleppo pine: Sherman Oaks
Sugar Pine: Thousand Oaks
Italian Stone Pine: Altadena

Certified LEED Silver
Conde Nast Traveler 2019 Readers Choice #2 Hotel in USA
Conde Nast Traveler 2019 Readers Choice#4 Hotel in the world

Rios Clementi Hale Studios, landscape architect
Avroko, Interior Design
Dovehill Holdings, Developer
Workpoint Engineering, Structural Engineer
City Constructors Inc, General Contractor
Rollings Greens, Landscape Contractor

The 1 Hotel planters are the central design feature of the hotel’s exterior. The architects at Rios Clementi Hale Studios designed a series of two sprawling and polygonal planter beds. We sourced each of the 51 logs of Blue Gum Eucalyptus for the project from within a 50-mile radius.

The Blue Gum Eucalyptus was supposed to save Southern California. Native to Australia, Ellwood Cooper, and our very own Abbot Kinney, planted countless saplings in the 1860s. The hope was that Blue Gum would green the naturally arid and brown landscape, serve as a medicinal elixir and put a stop to the looming lumber shortage by supplying railroad ties and fence posts with its unprecedented growth rate and mighty diameter. Unfortunately, the drying techniques at the time were lacking and the Blue Gum was not used for lumber, but not before the tree colonized most of California. 

Today, we prize the overlooked Blue Gum Eucalyptus for its strength and stability. Its resin (kino), density, and closed grain make it an excellent outdoor application species. With our modern drying expertise, we pull out its taupe backdrop with subtle streaks of brown and mauve. Our flat, sawn boards reveal the grain’s cosmic and elliptical shapes. The quarter and rift sawn boards create marked patterns that look like staccato notes on sheet music.

When guests check into the hotel, they lean against the naturally curved surface of a massive reception desk designed, fabricated and installed by ACL using 70 year old Sherman Oaks Aleppo Pine and Thousand Oak Sugar Pine logs. Our craftspeople precisely shaped each desk from log-form to allow for the installation of a computer workspace, drawers and power access.  

From the cloud forests in the Canary Islands off the southern coast of Morocco, the Canary Island Pine is the embodiment of endurance. Drought tolerant and able to pull even the slightest bit of moisture from the air with its long needles, it is among the most fire resistant species in the world. Because of the tremendous amount of resin, Canary Island Pine wood possesses a deep, rich amber color. Properly dried and hardened, this pine is an ideal exterior application species for fence stock, timber, log benches, stools and planter bed stock. The crystalized resin makes the wood heavy and remarkably pest and rot resistant. Add to that the cool, blue-steel streaks in the sapwood and regular, gridlike sequence of small bird's eye patterning throughout. These qualities, along with its fast growth rate, make it a favorite for urban planners and developers all over the globe.