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For Andaz Singapore, designer Andre Fu fashioned a multi-faceted journey conveying luxury while capturing the vibrant atmosphere of local areas that is quintessential to the city

By Vinita Bhatia

Come December, and Singapore’s skyline will see the rise of another landmark. The Andaz Singapore has been created to offer a boutique-inspired hotel experience matched with the assurance of Hyatt’s hospitality standards.
Conceived as a contemporary lifestyle destination that embraces the energy of Singapore’s urban spirit, architect Andre Fu and his design studio AFSO has sought to capture the city’s eclectic shop-house experience of dining at this hotel. Working within the framework of the modernist DUO development by renowned German architect Ole Scheeren, Fu fashioned a multi-layered journey that conveys relaxed luxury, yet captures the vibrant atmosphere of local areas such as Kampong Glam and Bras Basah Bugis. As guests explore the hotel, they will experience a strong sense of discovery – an experience that is quintessential to Singapore itself.

THE ARRIVAL AND PANDAN THEME
At Andaz Singapore, a guest’s journey begins with a dramatic 8-metre high lobby where they encounter an abstract interpretation of the shop-house façade, a recurring theme throughout the hotel. The arrival experience will also introduce the concept of a Pandan, where they will be enticed by a spectrum of Pandan chiffon cakes and a selection of sweet and savoury soft buns. Talking about why he chose the recurrent Pandan theme, Fu said, “The concept to create a shop-house dedicated to pastries and cakes made with Pandan is an experience that is quintessentially Singaporean. We are wanted to conceptualise a hotel that truly celebrates its sense of place in an experiential level, and thus went beyond the superficial visual narrative.”
Guests begin their experience of the Andaz in the Square – a modern open courtyard with a 4-metre high ceiling framed with a distinct balanced perspective leading out from the lift lobby. Here, a pair of interactive check-in counters is set against a courtyard of lush tropical plantations and a backdrop of bronze shop-house façades that glow like a vitrine after dark.
At Bar Square, guests are greeted with an 8-metre wide bar ‘cabinet’ where they are invited to sit ‘around’ the bar counter, which encourages interactions. Fu revealed, “With the alley and the whimsical shop-house concept in mind, my vision was to create dining experiences that are intimate and in many ways interactive. The bar cabinet was born out of the desire to create an efficient, yet highly dynamic bar experience that is at once residential.”
Adjoining the Bottle shop is the Sunroom – an airy timber pavilion with an intricate checkered grid ceiling that has drawn inspirations from the works of the modernist architect, Schindler. An array of hanging ferns and greeneries is suspended from the ceiling to entice guests with a sense of urban retreat.
Icehaus is the third destination at Alley on 25 – crafted in monolithic white Carrera marble and an open kitchen where guests can view live cooking preparations. The room evokes a casual-chic café experience in a palette of mustard yellow and peanut caramel. Icehaus also benefits from its open views to a terrace of frangipani trees and the adjoining swimming pool.
Meanwhile, the guest is invited to journey down the alley to discover a metallic artwork by artist Fauzul Yusri. At The Green Oven, a classic cast-iron racing green oven takes centre stage, alongside partitions in chamfered ivory tiles and a ceiling matrix of floating frosted-glass copper globes.
Smoke & Pepper is a dimly-lit theatrical dining room with a rustic natural-cleft granite grill island as the core visual anchor of this cucina-rustica dining room, with a vast canvas painting by Malaysian artist Fauzul Yusri. Plancha’Lah! is an intimate yet energy-charged shop-house – a guest is seated at two unconventional high counters that are built perpendicular to the chef’s hot plate cooking counter. Forming the opposite end of the loop is Aunties Wok & Steam eatery, decked with tilted metallic windows and timber furniture upholstered in olive green and lemon yellow.

ALLEY ON 3
Leading up from the main lobby, a guest will enter a floor dedicated to events that is enlivened with bold artworks by artist Monica Delgado and Ahmad Abu Bakar. In keeping with the spirit of the shop-house spirit, the event venues are distinctive and charismatic.
Destined to be one of the most exceptional ballroom venues in Singapore, the Glasshouse is a distinct glass-box with a soaring 8-metre high ceiling. Its floor-to-ceiling glass window is garnished with full timber slatted partitions typical of modern Asian aesthetics.
Now, is it coincidence or design that Fu likes to play around with multiples of 4? When asked, he smilingly replied, “Perhaps it is created subconsciously, or somewhat a response to the spaces that are given by the architecture. But, we aim to create spaces that are balanced in its proportion.”
The heart of the house – the banquet kitchens – is also designed as an extension of this event experience. Flooded with natural daylight and decorated with a custom-made mosaic in aubergine and racing green, guests are invited to celebrate within the life and energy of a genuine kitchen.

THE GUEST ROOM EXPERIENCE
In-keeping with the alley concept, the experience of the guest room also embraces the neighbourhood spirit. Conceived as a contemporary bungalow, Fu has introduced whimsical moments throughout the room – from the entrance doorbell that is housed in a bespoke post-box, the shop-house doors in bold mango yellow to the floor-to-ceiling ivory panelling.
“Essentially, the spirit of Andaz Singapore is indigenous and there is a spirit of relaxed luxury throughout. That said, the experience is highly curated with many artisan objects that I source personally. We have also worked with a local art consultant to commission a collection of artwork by international, as well as Malaysian and Singaporean, artists. The interiors are highly bespoke – from the door frames, knobs to the frames,” Fu pointed out.
Located on level 38, 665°F is perched as the an aspirational dining experience at Andaz. Conveying the rich heritage of a traditional tailors-shop, guests are transported into a private world of armoury chic. A magically domed ceiling designed with a matrix of suspended globes is hung above.
Nestled high above the hotel is Mr Stork – a destination rooftop bar set within a lush tropical landscape and cobbled paving. At the heart of Mr Stork is a free-standing bronze pavilion, designed as an installation with radial tilted fins reminiscent of a classic wind-mill. The journey is also layered with a series of private tents where guests are invited to escape into a rural dreamscape.
One thing a guest can be assured about while walking through Andaz Singapore is an overwhelming feeling of relaxed luxury – something that Fu has managed to achieve with his attention to detail.

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