Miami offers many things, but before Debora Aguiar, "Eco-Luxe" design was not one of them.

“Miami had nothing in this line that was both rustic and sophisticated, and that embraced you upon your arrival at the hotel, favoring the coziness, the pleasure, the permanence in the environments,” says the Sao Paulo, Brazil-based architect. “I wanted to create a concept that was timeless, exclusive, that allowed it to be explored in every detail, from the touch of the varied textures combined with the various finishing and coating materials.”

Her approach worked. The award-winning 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, located in the hip Collins Park neighborhood, is a LEED-certified property, blending natural and sustainable elements with noble materials and modern technology. Aguiar implements reused wood, metal, marble, and ample natural light while also incorporating living greens and plants throughout her properties—which grace various coveted locales throughout the world.

“Whenever I can, I take nature into the environments, whether in pots or plants, green panels, vertical gardens, or flower boxes,” Aguiar says. From hotels and corporate buildings to private residences, she has completed projects in Belize, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Angola, Switzerland, South Africa, Canada, and Dubai. Her aesthetic is a natural in Miami, thus she’s recently finished the fourth phase of the Hyde Beach hotel and the Hyde Beach House.

Due to her global reach, Aguiar’s process is different for each project. Though she’s regarded for sophistication and eco-luxe style—she has more than 250,000 followers on Instagram and has received countless design awards—she says that her commanding approach is “simplicity in the preservation of nature and its surroundings.”

She’s continually inspired by travel, people, and reading. Sculpture, art, and installations are site-specific and considered integral to any design under her purview.

And how does a South American manage multiple builds in separate time zones? “Nowadays there are no borders, everything is connected, and distances practically do not exist, with the speed of information and the existing connection,” says Aguiar.

For the 1 Hotel & Homes, the integration of the Atlantic Ocean and beachfront was vital to the design, with an ethereal, fresh color palette and natural,textured materials, from wall coverings to furniture. The penthouses capitalize on views of the ocean, Indian Creek, and South Beach. The Club’s three-bedroom, energy-efficient residences feature oversized windows, sliding glass doors, and private balconies overlooking the sea. Additional features include a Bosch washer and dryer, three large bathrooms with vanities created by Italkraft, and custom kitchens with stainless steel appliances by Sub-Zero and Bosch.

After 25 years in the design world, Aguiar continues to extend into new regions, contributing her signature touch to welcoming neighborhoods. “The world of architecture is fascinating,” she says. “It is unique, stimulating, extravagant, and exclusive. Each day is different, each project has its peculiarities. At each completed stage, I confirm to myself that I am on the right path.”

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1 Hotel & Homes

The Club’s three-bedroom residences at Starwood’s forward-thinking eco-brand, 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, boast everything from Tesla service to rooftop daybeds. Located in the heart of South Beach, the hotel is a beachfront property and just steps from Miami’s best restaurants and shopping.

Residences: 3

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 3-3.5

Sleeps: 6

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