Urban tropics meets heritage in Shangri-La Singapore’s new Tower Wing.
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Published: September 5, 2017

Juliet Huang | News | 05 September, 2017

    Shangri-La Hotel’s core property, the Tower Wing, unveils its new look after an eight-month long renovation. With a reputation as Singapore’s second botanical garden, it is not surprising that Shangri-La’s renovated Tower Wing incorporates a urban-resort theme into its interior.

    Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

    Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

    The new Tower Wing is still reminiscent of the hotel’s grand heritage, so it is not a radically different Shangri-La. The major changes are the installation of five artworks that pay homage to its Oriental roots. False ceilings with spotlights and laminated wooden door panels also lend a homelier finishing touch to its lobby. This is enhanced by tall, stately, weeping fig trees that loom over armchairs in the lobby, their crowns providing guests with a gentle canopy as they read or pass the time in conversation.

    Tree Canopy. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

    Tree Canopy. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

     

    Image © Archibazaar.

    Image © Archibazaar.

    Keeping the busy traveller in mind, modern conveniences such as a bakery at the left of the entrance, as well as a lounge area to the right has been included in the foyer. You can also glimpse tiny slices of Peranakan influence in the tableware used by The Lobby Lounge, the restaurant located at The Tower Wing. 

    Horizon Club Lounge - Reception. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

    Horizon Club Lounge – Reception. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

    The design inspiration is Shangri-La, the mythical utopia between Heaven and Earth. Two large root balls and finishes on the lobby furniture, walls and framing impart a sense of rusticity and nature’s touch as a complement to the contemporary lobby design, further enhancing the ambience of a warm guest welcome.

    The central chandelier gives way to an infinity pool of sleek black stone as the focus of the space. At the reception area, the chandeliers have made way for a soaring installation of thousands of stylised metallic leaves. The artwork is by renowned Studio Sawada Design, headed by Hirotoshi and Nami Sawada. The piece evokes the lightness of cloud and the flow of wind, tickling the imagination to see it perhaps even as a school of fish or flock of birds. It was inspired by the movement of nature in water, trees, clouds and the earth.

    Pair of Children Playing. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

    Pair of Children Playing. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

     

    Boy in water. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

    Boy in water. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

    Sculptures of children playing by the central infinity pool dot the lobby area, depicting the uninhibited playfulness of youth and evoking a sense of harmony. These sculptures are created by South Korean artist Yi Hwan-Kwon, who is renowned for his life-like sculptures. The above figures are inspired by his children at play.

     

    The Lobby Lounge panorama night shot feature wall by Charlie Albone. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

    The Lobby Lounge panorama night shot feature wall by Charlie Albone. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

    Evoking a mountain rock face is the basalt feature wall at the centre of The Lobby Lounge measuring 9 x 6 metres – Southeast Asia’s largest indoor natural feature wall. Australian celebrity landscape designer Charlie Albone, Ambassador for LNA Master Landscapers Association, TV presenter and two-time winner of the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, constructed this distinctive rock wall from 350 kilogrammes of basalt stones that were flown in from Australia, and attached by a stonemason from Scotland. Tumbling Rabbit’s Foot fern, Jungle and Staghorn ferns and eye-catching purple Spanish sprawl mosses, bringing in a relaxed atmosphere and tropical freshness. 

    A three-dimensional rock painting by Singaporean artist Tay Bak Chiang was installed last month at the Horizon Club Lounge on Level 24.  The graduate from Singapore’s Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the China Academy of Art was awarded First Prize in the Chinese Painting category in the 19th and 22nd United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Competitions (2000 and 2003).

    Shophouse Interior. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

    Shophouse Interior. Image © Shangri-La Hotel.

    The hotel’s reimagined Tower Wing lobby, guest rooms and NAMI Restaurant and Bar are the conceptions of Japanese interior designer Ryoichi Niwata of Bond Design Studio and his dedicated team of craftspeople and artisans.

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