How Jacques Garcia melded tradition, modernity at Singapore’s Six Senses Maxwell

Six Senses Maxwell is scheduled to open on December 1. It will be the second of two heritage buildings that together form Six Senses Singapore. Split across two buildings, the properties are near each other in the Chinatown area.

The Six Senses Maxwell, designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, will offer the designer’s signature European style, melding tradition and modernity.

Six Senses Maxwell will be housed in a colonial-style 19th century heritage building that received the Urban Redevelopment Authority Architectural Heritage Award. Sustainably restored, the property will pay homage to the building's past, yet still presenting Garcia's baroque style.


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There will be seven room categories across 138 guestrooms and suites; and design elements will include brass, lacquer and marble mini bars to the handmade Lafroy Brooks bathroom fixtures.

The interior public spaces will also respect the architectural style of the original building.

Six Senses Maxwell will have five food and beverage concepts, ranging from Murray Terrace, a classic European-style brasserie, to Cook & Tras, a social library restaurant and bar. The Rose Lounge & Bar will have banquette seating, club chairs, cocktail tables and bar seating.

Four of the five food and beverage concepts will be located on the ground floor lined with tropical foliage that follows the length of the building, where guests can enjoy the outdoor seating area of the five-foot terrace. Corner-side, there will be an old-fashioned ice-cream tricycle. The building rooftop will have Max's Edible Garden complementing the 82-foot (25-meter) rooftop lap pool and gymnasium.

On the wellness front, Six Senses Spa Pods will open in early 2019.

Six Senses Maxwell is located at 2 Cook Street, Singapore. Murray Aitken is the GM of the property.

Photo credit: Six Senses Maxwell

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