When we talked to Matthew Shang from HASSELL about the Global Design Trends, we met him at The Club Hotel in Singapore. We could not pass up the chance to talk to him about this project as well.The small hotel north of Chinatown in Singapore has 20 guest rooms and four restaurants and bars. Its main principle is that of an inn. People check-in and find all their hearts desires under one roof, so that they don’t feel they need to venture out to other venues.Starting the spacious rooms and bathrooms to the restaurant on the ground floor or the rooftop bar, everything is designed with the guests’ needs in mind. The rooftop bar has a great view over Chinatown and the historic buildings around the hotel. It lets one forget the busyness of the day and city. Or if you are in another mood, the B28 Bar in the basement is the perfect place to relax, listen to some music and enjoy a rare Scottish single malt.The 19-century building went through several facelifts. It started out as a corporate office, then was an ad agency and become a non-descript, white washed hotel. The designers from HASSELL really focused on bringing the energy back into the space which was not always easy. The four buildings that are now turned into one are of historic value. There were many restrictions and hurdles to overcome. The heritage constraints extended even to the façade and the color of the building. However, the result of zooming in on recreating the dynamic of the place, paid off with a unique personality that has been created for the hotel.
The level of details from rugs to decoration and the selection of art is astounding. HASSELL worked with an art consultant to select different pieces that they collected from art galleries and auctions for every room, floor and venue. The result is a cozy, warm space, where people want to stay and linger.