Remember late last year when we spoke about The Warehouse Hotel? (Here’s a refresher.) Located along the old Straits of Malacca trade route in Singapore, in an area that was once rife with secret societies, underground activity and liquor distilleries, the 37-room hotel boasts an aesthetic that blends the air of a bygone era with modern-day Singapore.
“Our focus has been to protect the property’s legacy, while creating a fresh perspective on the term ‘industrial’. The environment is warm and sophisticated to prevent it from being too obviously grounded in what has been before,” says Chris Lee, head designer and founder of Asylum, who, brought on by The Lo & Behold Group, were charged with the interior design.
There’s also a push towards supporting – and showcasing – local designers and businesses. In-room tea and coffee mugs are from a local ceramic studio. The actual tea and coffee selection, along with bicycles, artwork and guidebooks, are likewise collated from local Singaporean makers and the ‘Minibars of Vice’ have been expressly curated to showcase Southeast Asian products.
The Warehouse Hotel
Zarch Collaboratives – lead architect
Asylum – interior design
Words by Holly Cunneen