First Carbon-Positive Hotel in the U.S. Readies To Open

Set to debut next summer in Denver, Colorado, Populus—the first carbon-positive hotel in the U.S.—offers a sneak peek of its nature-centric interiors.

The property’s interiors, crafted by Wildman Chalmers Design in tandem with Fowler + Fowler Architecture, will be distinguished by warm tones, natural elements, undulating forms, and an Aspen tree designed to complement the building’s distinctive biophilic architecture from Studio Gang.

In alignment with Populus’ carbon-positive mission, all elements—from materials to furniture and art—prioritize sustainability to minimize the building’s carbon footprint.

The first floor of the hotel, awash with warm browns and wood, mimics a forest floor and features a double-height lobby with Aspen-eye windows, a lively bar, and a sculptural grand staircase. Noteworthy is a Reishi tapestry constructed from a leather alternative made from mushroom roots, that casts a warm glow on the space. The reception area, carved into a tree-like nook, is distinguished by a wood-shingled wall repurposed from beetle kill trees.