Fairmont Singapore announced that it embarked on a multi-million dollar renovation project that commenced in August 2013. The renovation project saw the transformation of various spaces within the hotel, including a new lobby, a cocktail bar, and all guestrooms in the North Tower of the hotel. Influenced by the Straits Chinese culture, also known as Peranakan1, the newly renovated spaces collectively feature a modern interpretation of Peranakan culture with an amalgamation of design elements that are distinctly local.
In August 2013, the hotel engaged design companies Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) and EDG to transform various spaces within the hotel, particularly the hotel lobby, bar and guestrooms in the North Tower. HBA oversaw the design and concept of the hotel’s 365 guestrooms, while EDG designed the new look of the hotel lobby. The new lobby and guestrooms are said to embrace Fairmont Singapore’s heritage and connection to the local culture.
The new hotel lobby boasts a neutral color scheme that comprises a mix of earth tones, and is adorned with art pieces. Among the art installations, taking the limelight as a focal piece in the lobby is a chandelier designed by Petra Dickova and created by Lasvit, a design and manufacturing firm from the Czech Republic. Titled “Playing with Wind”, the chandelier illuminates the lobby with its assembly of 800 crystal glass balls, each individually hand-blown over a period of three months in the Czech Republic, prior to installation under supervision by Lasvit’s lighting technicians.
Complementing the improvement works to the lobby of Fairmont Singapore is the hotel’s new iPad check-in/out system. In-room check-in services will also be made available for selected room categories.
The guestroom corridor spots a brand new grey and dark wood color scheme and is lined with visual representations of cultural elements including a wooden chair and a hanging scroll, a showcase of figurines depicting the life of old Singapore, three-dimensional art pieces created of traditional local snacks, as well as a bespoke patterned carpet.
Making up a majority of rooms at the revamped North Tower are the new Fairmont Premier Rooms. Adorned in shades of grey, purple and dark wood, the rooms feature views of the city from a private balcony, a work desk clad in leather, as well as a NESPRESSO coffee machine. There is also a rain shower by Grohe that aerates and pulverizes water for softer spray, and signature bathroom amenities by New York perfumer Le Labo, fragranced with an exclusive Rose 31 scent.
Inspired by the Straits Chinese culture, the new guestrooms feature cultural elements including a bespoke carpet and curtain sheers that represent an interpretation of Peranakan lace, as well as plantation shutters featured as windows between the bathroom and bedroom.
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