The Warehouse Hotel, which has just opened on the Singapore River, is the renovation of a 121-year-old building that was used as an opium den in the 1800s and as a disco club in the 1980s.
Three warehouses have been combined and outfitted to create a 37-room boutique hotel. The design, by local firm Zarch Collaborative with interiors by Asylum Creatives, has created a "distinctive symmetrical faÃ§ade and jacked roofs, while retaining and restoring original design elements like louvre windows, doors, cornices, mouldings and the Chinese characters on the leftmost gable".
Many original features have been modified with "restrained touches, including a metallic black canopy on the main entrance".
A double-volume space supported by the original warehouse trusses greets visitors at the lobby, and a clear access and view to the Singapore River is retained.
An extension complements the strong silhouette of the main wing, housing an elevated infinity pool that "hover" just above the river.
The development "aims to provide guests with an account of Singapore’s developing days where economic and underground activities flourished as a trading port".
Images via Zarch Collaborative