Marriot Hotel is located in the prime Orchard road district of Singapore. We were approached to propose for a new bar concept for the Marriot Hotel, Singapore. Our Clients’ brief was to recreate the ambience of a Japanese whisky bar and restaurant for the discerning urbanite. We were inspired by the New York whisky bar that was famously featured in the Award winning Hollywood film “Lost in Translation”. However, our location was not situated in a high rise skyscraper with vast views of the city. Hence, we sought to develop the bar as a destination for cosy and relaxed social interactions, bringing back the rich, dark and upholstered interiors to define the space for the bar/restaurant.
The main attraction was the bar counter that took center stage. This would be the space where customers have their drinks whilst having deep conversations with their companions or to glide into their own thoughts whilst enjoying a familiar drink in hand.
The well-known labels would be displayed on glass shelves with warm lighting illumination. The tables were arranged in intimate sessions for the exclusive enjoyment of fine food, drinks and company.
We were commissioned to design the flagship hotel for Marrison Hotel Group in downtown Singapore. The location is in the vibrant Marina Bay Precinct. It is a stone’s throw away from the National Library by Dr. Ken Yeang and the mixed-used South Beach Development by Fosters and Partners.
Targeting the premium business market, the intent was to make an expression distinct from the series of budget hotels already in operation along the same stretch of road.
Our strategy was to create articulations on the facade of the building with rising greenery. This would be a series of vertical screens with creeping plants that start from the street level and grows systematically to the roof terrace, thereby encouraging visual interest from the ground level upwards.
Every floor has a full balcony that maximises the views for the rooms. These balconies allow the hotel guests access to the outdoors; presenting a facade that is interactive and dynamic.
We envisage that this would make the hotel personable and exciting – distinguishing itself from the neighbouring developments.