After successful completion of the Executive Club Lounge, 65 shophouse guestrooms and suites and the specialty Chinese restaurant Man Fu Yuan, the design firm FBEYE was asked to design the hotel lobby, the Lobby Lounge, European restaurant Ash & Elm and the 338 guestrooms and suites in the main tower.
Warren Foster-Brown, managing director of FBEYE International and judge at Perspective’s 2015 A&D Trophy Awards said of the project, "The InterContinental® Singapore is an iconic hotel deeply rooted in the heritage of the arts and cultural districts of Bugis and Bras Basah. When re-designing the hotel FBEYE International wanted to ensure that all new designs reflected these cultures and the historical influences that surround the iconic building."
To complement the character of the vibrant area in which the hotel is located - Arab Street, Kampong Glam, Little India and Chinatown – the grand lobby has been redesigned with a focus on cultural heritage and includes design details representative of a by-gone era, intertwined with local traditional influences of old Singapore. Located at the entrance of the lobby, the Concierge Lounge, was inspired by the living room of a traditional home. Walls are lined with a series of unique art pieces, each bordered by British-inspired columns which stem from inspirations of the colonial architecture in the region.
Restaurant Ash& Elm transforms throughout the day, with the skylight canopy – which runs the length of the dining area – providing a sense of movement as glimmers of natural daylight showcase an ever-changing colour palette throughout the space. The firm has incorporated natural materials such as butcher-block worktops, a mixture of exotic marble, aged oak timber along with mosaic tiles in the flooring to introduce an organic feel to the space. In the evening, Pendant lights, comprising of hand-cut polished crystals are switched on to help to set the mood, making it cosier and inviting for guests.
Inspired by ornate art, ceramics, and eye-catching embroidery, the guestroom design exudes a residential feel that is tranquil without being over imposing. The Deluxe Rooms, which make up the bulk of the guestrooms in the main tower, were specially designed with elegance in mind, and include a blend of textures and colours, with silk-threaded wall coverings and panels against white walls. Bespoke headboards above the beds were created with padded silk coverings to represent a contemporary interpretation of local tile motifs, while fitted cabinets with black lacquered doors made of mahogany veneers and solids, replete with a champagne gold gilt finish, exude oriental charm.