The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

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Statues at the this hotel by Singapore studio Ministry of Design have their heads in the clouds.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

Called The Club, the monochrome Singapore hotel features undulating folds of fabric hanging from the ceiling and black illustrations of plants and trees.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

The designers poke fun at a statue of Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles, British statesman and founder of Singapore, by obscuring it's head with the fabric.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

Here are some more details from Ministry of Design:


THE CLUB

Branding + Facade Design + Interior Architecture + Design + Collateral Design
1950 m2 Singapore. Built 2010

The Club is Ministry of Design's latest high design boutique hotel offering in the uber chic Club Street conservation area with 22 distinctly unique rooms, a rooftop skybar with alfresco deck and a destination F&B venue with a tapas bar on the ground floor.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

Conceptualizing The Club's branding, MOD has orchestrated a unified design vision to all related collateral, signage and spatial environments. Targeted at the design and lifestyle savvy global nomad, The Club's blend of sophisticated and comfortable design is at once distinctly local as it is cutting edge global.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

Colin Seah, Design Director says, “Searching to ground the hotel in the context of Singapore as well as the historically rich conservation area of Club Street and Ann Siang Hill, we drew its inspiration from 2 sources.” “The first is Singapore's colonial past, which we have made modern tongue-in-cheek references to through art installation like features such as an larger-than-life statue of Raffles with his head in the clouds as well as through some key furniture pieces and artifacts.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

The second inspiration was drawn from the area's popularity as a remittance center for turn of the century Chinese immigrants where hard earned money and wistful letters were sent back to the homeland. We have taken the memories of these exchanges and created features that hint of this legacy in the rooms of The Club, where the modern day nomad and the nomad of yesterday cross paths for a moment.” All rooms combine traditional colonial design inspired elements together with sleek modern detailing, attitude and creature comforts - creating a colonial chic aesthetic.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

Unique layouts together with tailored artwork in each room make each of the 22 rooms distinct. MOD designed the artwork and famed local artist Wynlyn Tan implemented them in the hotel.  Guests have the option of checking in at the ground level lobby or at the panoramic roof top Sky Bar, overlooking the Club Street conservation area and CBD. F&B areas designed by Jane Yeo include Lobby Lounge, Tapas Bar, and 2 private function rooms.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

ABOUT MINISTRY OF DESIGN
Question, Disturb & Redefine

Ministry of Design was created by Colin Seah to Question, Disturb & Redefine the spaces, forms & experiences that surround us and give meaning to our world.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

An integrated spatial-design practice, MOD’s explorations are created amidst a democratic ‘studio-like’ atmosphere and progress seamlessly between form, site, object and space. We love to question where the inherent potential in contemporary design lies, and then to disturb the ways they are created or perceived – redefining the world around us in relevant and innovative ways, project by project!

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

This, we declare, is real change, not change for the sake of novelty.

Fortified with these aspirations, we begin each distinct project anew by seeking to do 2 things – to draw deeply from the context surrounding each project, but also to dream freely so that we might transcend mere reality and convention. Each MOD project endeavours to be delightfully surprising but yet relevant, distinctly local but still globally appealing.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

The response to our ethos has been overwhelming and we’ve received critical acclaim with a multitude of international award wins and key media coverage – these include the RISING STAR OF ARCHITECTURE by the MONOCLE SINGAPORE SURVEY, GOLD KEY AWARD, the INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS and the PRESIDENT’S DESIGN AWARD twice over as well as feature appearances in WALLPAPER, FRAME and SURFACE.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

True to our multi-disciplinary profile, we’ve also won the Grand Prize in SAPORITI ITALIA’S design competition, and Luxury Tower was manufactured for display at the prestigious Milan Design Week 2010.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

MOD’s integrated spatial design approach has resulted in wide-ranging local and foreign projects such as the NEW MAJESTIC HOTEL, SHO-U RESTAURANT, ASHLEY ISHAM BOUTIQUE, SOHOCHINA SANLITUN CONDOMUNIUMS, BBH OFFICE IN A WAREHOUSE, HOLLAND PARK RESIDENCE, FACE TO FACE, THE CLUB BOUTIQUE HOTEL, THE RACE CLUB, HYATT HOTEL SEOUL & being a finalist in the SINGAPORE PAVILION WORLD EXPO 2010 SHANGHAI.

The Club hotel by Ministry of Design

Visiting address: 28 Ann Siang Road
Postal code: Singapore 069708
Total floor area (m2): 1950
Client: Harry’s Hospitality Pte Ltd
Facilities: 22 distinctly unique rooms 1 rooftop Skybar with alfresco deck for check in, breakfast & drinks 1 destination F&B venue & 1 tapas bar Private Events
Duration of construction: 6 months
Opening: May 2010


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  • http://yasminchopin.blogspot.com Yasmin Chopin

    This is very nice indeed! Clean lines and monochrome that is neither boring nor cold. Echoes of Jaime Hayon in some of the lighting and bathroom basin – and a bit of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ atmosphere creates a wonderfully clean and modern stage set. The interior design of this hotel will give the visitor expectations of a high level of hospitality – attention to detail and efficiency coupled with a great deal of charm. Well done Ministry of Design!
    Yasmin Chopin Interior Design

  • leandro llorente

    the articulation of the pendant versus the floor lamp is masterful, the choice of furnishing in mesh/stick legs is impressive as an intent that expresses transparency. the location of mirror and the element it mirrors is elaborate. i haven’t seen door insert/edging do a good job.

    if the statue is hanging from the ceiling… then the ceiling is an abstracted ground soil where the flower ornament (black paint) from the wall is a growing plant only in reverse… which could strengthen the intent of ALTERING THE PERCEPTION OF GRAVITY

    i can see MOD’s episodes of ‘figure’-ation as a spark of perception… is that a contemporary interpretation to art nouveau (this and face to face proj.) ???

  • edward

    Superb control of design elements yet always interesting. Well done!

  • modular

    This looks like something from Marcel Wanders.

  • http://- raffles

    just styling with muses from marcel wanders, studio job and all the latest “in” crowd…and they are pretty good at that..

  • Winter[pill]

    this is MSVR’s modern treatment, graphic design on 3d level. truly freshing and “in”!

  • John L

    Very captivating !

  • OTAWA(*

    Very nice

  • Janice Bishop

    Its generically fashionable..not so much intellectual rigor