The Warehouse Hotel / Zarch Collaboratives

The Warehouse Hotel / Zarch Collaboratives

© Darren Soh Courtesy of The Warehouse Hotel © Darren Soh Courtesy of The Warehouse Hotel + 21

  • Architects: Zarch Collaboratives
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2102.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Photographs Photographs:  Darren Soh
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Jess Design, KStone, Lysaght, Rice Fields, Towner Construction
  • Structural Engineer: JS Tan Consultants Pte Ltd
  • M&E Engineer: Icon Engineers LLP
  • Contractor: Towner Construction Pte Ltd
  • Interior/Branding: Asylum Creative Pte Ltd
  • Lighting Consultant: SWITCH
  • Acoustic Consultant: CCW Associates Pte Ltd
  • Quantity Surveyor: QS Consultants Pte Ltd
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© Darren Soh
© Darren Soh

Text description provided by the architects. Sited in a conserved building off Robertson Quay, the Warehouse Hotel’s roots extend far back to Singapore’s trading history as early as the late 19th century. Three warehouses have been combined and outfitted, starting a new lease of life as a 37-room boutique hotel. The Hotel fronts the Singapore River with a distinctive, symmetrical façade and jacked roofs while original design elements like louvre windows, doors, cornices, mouldings and the Chinese characters on the leftmost gable are sensitively retained and restored. These elements have been complemented with restrained touches, including a metallic black canopy on the main entrance. 

Courtesy of The Warehouse Hotel
Courtesy of The Warehouse Hotel
Courtesy of The Warehouse Hotel
Courtesy of The Warehouse Hotel

The white façade stands apart from the high glass and steel constructs of the urban context, maintaining its presence and historic importance along the Singapore River. A double-volume space greets visitors at the Hotel lobby, with the original warehouse trusses, now re-finished in black spanning the lobby. Natural light filters in through the jack roofs in the daytime, while new portal frames serving as discreet structural interventions fringe the lobby space, providing a clear access and line of sight to the waterfront.

© Darren Soh
© Darren Soh

The spatial configuration of the Hotel sets the entryway in the middle of the volumes, while the rooms are split into two wings, with high-ceilinged corridors leading to the double-volume rooms on the second storey. The rooms are suffused with natural light through a combination of the existing fenestration, skylights and the use of glass blocks; the trusses and portal frames are kept in sight throughout the circulation spaces as well as the rooms, puncturing walls and lines of sight, creating a curious spatial dialogue while accentuating the character of the warehouse’s former life. 


A new extension complements the strong silhouette of the main wing, housing an elevated infinity pool as if hovering just above the Singapore River, provoking visual interest at the corner of the street. Extending the visual (and tactile) connection to the waterfront, consideration was also given to the selection of finishes surrounding the development including the pavers at street level – selected to match those along the promenade of the Singapore River, and the salmon pink tiles used in the pool – serving as a visual metaphor for the relationship between the pavement and the River.

© Darren Soh
© Darren Soh

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Address: Singapore

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Cite: "The Warehouse Hotel / Zarch Collaboratives" 27 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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