The Wanderlust Hotel in Little India, Singapore features a collaboration of designers from Singapore studios including Asylum, phunk Studio and fFurious - together with architect firm DP Architects. Each level is dedicated to the designs of each firm. The Lobby is themed as Industrial Glam by Asylum – a juxtaposition of the surrounding’s setting and contemporary design. Level 2 is Eccentricity by phunk Studio and is designed with bright colors and neon lights on all the surfaces, including a rainbow corridor and mosaic tiled jacuzzi. Level 3 is Is it just Black and White by DP Architects which feature contrasting black and white painted spaces with origami and Pop-Art works on display. Level 4 is Creature Comforts by fFurious where friendly monsters keep guests company in their rooms. Read on for more images of the Wanderlust Hotel after the break.
Hotel Wanderlust is the newest development from boutique hotelier Loh Lik Peng; it is designed for those curious voyagers looking to find adventure in an old ethnic enclave. The hotel derives its name from just that: wanderlust describes a strong desire or impulse to travel far away and explore different places. This particular hotel invents different spaces for different visitors that are invited to walk an unconventional path in a radical hotel experience.
The hotel is located in an old settlement where indian immigrants once reared cattle and livestock. It is built into the re-purposed structure of the Hong Wen school, originally built in the 1920s. The hotel retains its old facade giving it a historical rooting in the neighborhood. The four-story boutique hotel has 29 rooms, among four very different and very distinct floors designed by four different design firms. No two rooms are identical and each features the wild and creative freedom achieved by the designers. Each theme produces spaces that are glamorous, provocative and eccentric in their own way.
Visitors to Hotel Wanderlust are greeted by the Industrial Glam theme designed by Chris Lee and Car Ang of Asylum. The theme works as a juxtaposition of the hotel’s Little India setting and contemporary design. Stealing attention right at the door is a curved feature wall plastered with a meandering montage of vintage print ads that reflect the neighborhood’s culture. Featuring a base palette of industrial shades – dark grey and deep browns – the lobby also plays on contrasts where at one side, an old-fashioned metal collapsible gate, refinished in gleaming gold sits next to a handsome Frank Gehry sofa and Trent Jansen seats, handmade out of recycled road signs.
William Chan and Jackson Tan of phunk Studio have 11 capsule-like rooms on the second level, each playfully rendered in a single color. This ‘eccentricity’ level also sports neon signs of carefully selected song titles such as “Yellow Submarine” and “Purple Rain.” The theme continues outside with a rainbow corridor and an alfresco deck where a Customized jacuzzi bursts into a myriad of colors.
The third level takes a break from the eccentric color play in ‘Is it just black and white?’ by Tai Lee Siang and Chua Soo Hoon of DP Aarchitects. Here, you walk across a black corridor lit by the glow of neon signs and step into the nine rooms clad in contrasting white. Using paper as its inspiration, five rooms are known as origami and the remaining four, pop-art. In the origami rooms, undulating ceilings represent paper folds and special lighting systems allow guests to choose, via a click-wheel, four colours to ‘paint’ their room in. Four pop-art rooms, themed ‘princess’, ‘flowers’,'big’ and ‘directionless’, discover different animated scenes of stenciled art installations.
On the top floor, ‘Creature Comforts’ by fFurious team of designers offers friendly monsters as companions to those that travel alone. Featuring nine loft rooms with five varying themes – ‘bling’, ‘ASCII’, ‘space’, ‘tree’ and ‘typewriter’. Visitors wander through a surreal fairyland to discover a giant monster holding up lights in one room, a forest tree stuffed with friendly creatures in another, or a floor-to-ceiling rocket with friendly aliens or a giant typewriter. Along the corridors, specially crafted lanterns cast shadows of monsters on the walls. via Design Boom