The hotel not only offers an excellent location and highly customised services, but sets new living standards in San Diego with its ecological qualities.
Reuse of materials from the original structure, particularly wood and steel, and adoption of reusable, recyclable natural materials in furnishing components in the loft-like rooms characterise Pininfarina’s renovation of the Hotel Keating, an 1890 heritage building in San Diego.
Restoration of the granite and brick building involved painting the interior with ecological materials, installation of energy-saving motion detection instruments and fluorescent lights, metal panels on the ceiling (long-lasting elements requiring very little maintenance) and, in the rooms, floors with rigid surfaces, laid as an alternative to the traditional carpeting to permit elimination of solvent use.
The cushions on the sofas in the bar area in the building’s basement are made of recycled Tempur-Pedic mattresses, changing their size and shape.
Sustainability was even extended to laundry, washed in the hotel using biocompatible detergents, and recycling, thanks to a company in the Keating Hotel Group.
Pininfarina’s Keating Hotel, San Diego’s most important boutique hotel, won the first Earth-Minded Awards, presented by Hospitality Design magazine and the American Society of Interior Designers.
"We are very proud of this award because it confirms that the Keating project outlines possible answers to the complex issue of sustainability", said Paolo Pininfarina.
"When approaching a new project, from the microcosm of small objects for everyday use, through to the macrocosm of buildings, we always try to minimize environmental impact and relate people with the natural environment."