Having recently moved its Headquarters from Australia to Singapore, Rendezvous Hotel commissioned the firm to create branding and technical guidelines establishing minimum requirements for its new properties. Based on these guidelines, the guest experience is to be designed as a spatial experience inspired by the concept of ‘Asian Elegance’, with two governing factors: order and hierarchy. Spaces are to follow a clear order of layered sequence and hierarchical definition. A guest’s movement from one space to another should be structured as an experiential journey through screens, niches and vestibules. The entire space is revealed slowly through carefully choreographed layers of spaces, through a guest’s movement and changes in vantage point. The palette is a blend of simple, clean line, modern design with a hint of tradition by use of material, pattern, motifs, carpentry details, proportions and artworks.
The client then called for a refurbishment in its Singapore hotel that would refresh its image and business. The objective was to leverage on its superb position in the heart of the civic, commercial, arts and cultural district of Singapore to recapture a significant portion of business clientele and increased tourist and local pedestrian traffic.
The existing hotel comprises a heritage wing and a ten-year-old hotel block edition in need of refreshing, in order that its food & beverage and retail offerings may be improved, and hotel facilities upgraded. Our concept revitalises the central heritage courtyard to become an indoor-outdoor conservatory to serve as an urban catalyst and urban garden for the hotel and commercial activities around it. The outcome is envisaged to turn the space into a lifestyle destination of its own, attracting hip and happening retail, restaurant and other lifestyle shop tenants around this conservatory courtyard.
The courtyard space will be naturally ventilated and environmentally pleasant without the use of air-conditioning now ubiquitous in indoor spaces in Singapore. The physical design of the roof creates a stack effect which encourages vertical air circulation to result in passive cooling; warmer air rises and escapes through the top, reducing the pressure and drawing in cooler air at the base of the building.
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