This hospitality development sits on the former site of The Pines Country Club just northwest of Orchard Road, and comprises two hotels and commercial spaces. With the intention to create an integrated and cohesive development, in line with URA’s vision to add value to the urban fabric along Stevens Road, the sprawling ground floor is designed to host dining, hotel functions, commercial spaces and clubhouse facilities.
The 人 form carves the triangular site into three distinctive public places: a grand drop-off to the south that allows for an inspirational hotel arrival sequence, a more secluded hotel pool and courtyard space to the east, and a functional sports zone to the west. This form allows each wing of guestrooms an optimal distance from the remaining wings, generous aspects and an efficient circulation core at its fulcrum.
The design concept takes the form of a series of organic glass pods which house the different programmes. These pods spill out from under the hotel tower, like pebbles sprinkled over a lawn, and engage with the surrounding urban context. Creeper plants form a floral crown to these pods, complementing the meadowed groundscape; together, they create an inviting lush garden setting.
Photos courtesy of Novotel & Mercure Singapore and Evan Lim & Co.