Conceptualised as a 5-star hotel offering a culturally nuanced guest experience, Artyzen Hotel harks back to its former use as a bungalow. Location along Cuscaden Road in Singapore, this iconic heritage landmark was once a sprawling tropical-garden mansion owned by the great-grandson of Singapore’s well-known philanthropist, the late Mr Tan Tock Seng.
Embracing its unique past, Artyzen Hotel infuses British and Peranakan flavour with greenery, replicating the feel of an expansive villa across its 20 storeys. A myriad of design elements echoes old-world charm – double volume spaces, familiar colonial archways and verandas and the exterior’s unique cladding motif. Through its architecture, the team created a hotel experience which is deeply ingrained in tropical elements, the interconnecting spaces from indoor to outdoor, the in-between spaces in form of verandas, balconies, terraces, all reflecting intimacy with tropical lushness.
This bolsters the garden-like feel and evokes a sense of nostalgia. Lush green foliage accentuates balconies on different floors, further emphasising the building’s spatial lightness. An outdoor spiral staircase connecting the fourth-floor restaurant to the Wellness & Workout area on the fifth floor creates an enchanting guest experience. The green theme extends to the hotel’s crowning glory, the Roof Garden that also includes a 25m infinity pool with a transparent base section, and outdoor deck with a sunken lounge.
The hotel is designed with building fenestration orientated to avoid the East and West direction, minimising heat and solar glare. A double skin in the building is designed to provide heat buffer between the external façade and the actual wall enclosure of the guest rooms. In addition, vertical perforated screens are designed at balconies to provide shade, protecting the interior space from heat and glare from the sun.