One of my colleagues, Alika recently alerted me to a very exiting new boutique hotel that has just opened in an historic warehouses in Singapore. The Warehouse Hotel was built in 1895 along the Singapore River as part of the Straits of Malacca trade route. At that time, the area was a hotbed of secret societies, underground opium den activity, and liquor distilleries. Today, while that history has disappeared, The Warehouse Hotel has been meticulously restored as a modern 37-room boutique hotel, focusing on heritage and local culture.
The lead architect for the project was Zarch Collaboratives, working with homegrown agency Asylum, responsible for interior. The public spaces have maintained the integrity of the vast warehouse space, letting them breathe by supplementing it with lightweight contemporary furniture in natural vintage leather with back frames, and an abundance of polished concrete. The space had been abandoned for nearly twenty years after having been a disco and party venue. There is a very understated industrial elegance with a hint of colonial in use of rattan, woven can and planters.
The rooms are my favourite part of this project. The clean, contemporary orthogonal geometry is highlighted with black framing and structural elements. There is a crispness to the surfaces with some being in concrete render, against others in white. The subtle eclectic mix of furniture, low beds and soaring ceilings, provide a distinctive warehouse loft feel in a very sophisticated way.
Pics from the hotel website
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