Quincy Singapore, singing to a different hip tune
By Dian Hasan | October 7, 2009
Quincy, Singapore’s latest boutique hotel, encapsulated in a distinctive design statement, from the squarish exterior to the quirky interior.
Envisaged as a one-of-a kind boutique hotel encompassing all the design aspects from architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, project management and graphic design, this building shows the process of how one design concept is implemented through all design elements, providing consistency in creativity and design.
Each space is unique, each an individual configuration, providing a different experience. The aim was to create a distinctive, sustainable and timeless space that go beyond the existing boutique hotels. The main concept was to create rooms from different variations and permutations of exterior glass and steel cladding. These rooms were then randomly stacked forming a unique one-of-a-kind exterior façade.
Playing on themes such as glamour, luxury and sophistication, the design team incorporated modern design elements and the latest amenities. From steel claddings to exotic rich suede and custom glasswork, only the finest materials are used to create this stunning masterpiece. Interior design is whimsical, with playful characteristics woven into every unexpected nook and corner. Bold, acid colors are selected for the ultra-modern furniture to contrast against the muted undertones backdrop of the off-white walls and gray raw look of cement stones. The landscape philosophy is sensitive to the contemporary building design and maintains a modern and reflective quality to the surrounding space appropriate to a boutique hotel.
The perforated arrangement of the cement stones as a lobby centerpiece is spray-painted with two finishes – glossy and matte, to create a 3-D façade. The flooring created with the raw look of cement stones exudes an industrialized yet modern presence in the hotel lobby as well as in the lobby bathrooms. Custom-made frosted glass is applied generously throughout the building in order to create an airy space and a polished look. The pool located on the 14th floor has almost a 3600 view of the city center. It extends out from the building, allowing one to have notions of floating in the air while taking a dip.
Indigenous products in a modern application, such as dark gray steel detailing, granite stonework lit by fanciful light fixtures, demonstrate the fusion of old and new. The hotel’s atmosphere resonates with health and relaxation, with better air quality, ample natural lighting, and thermal comfort created through environmentally conscious design.