Project Team

design: Hassell

Photos: EK Yap

An iconic heritage building in one of Singapore’s busiest areas is ready for its next chapter thanks to a refurbishment that’s sensitive to its history and embraces its neighbourhood’s current incarnation.

The Club, a boutique hotel that occupies three historic corner shophouses on Singapore’s Ann Siang Road, has been reimagined as a collection of food and beverage venues and supporting guest rooms. Together, they are as familiar as home and as welcoming as a members club. The Club is all about belonging.

By designing five food and beverage venues to complement its accommodation offering, Distillery, the Singapore design studio that’s now part of HASSELL, has created a venue that immediately fits into its setting within the vibrant Club Street dining and nightlife precinct.

At The Club, guests can while away a day or two without having to leave. The bars and restaurants exceed standard hotel offerings, each featuring a distinct personality and targeted to different times of the day. And with 20 guestrooms available, it’s a club they won’t want to leave.

To accommodate the expanded hospitality venues, we reconfigured the number of guestrooms allowing The Club to offer more generously proportioned rooms in addition to suites. By reducing the number of rooms, we’ve introduced more natural light into the corridors. There’s a sense of discovery as guests make their way along passageways layered with paintings, sculptures and mementos.

No two guestrooms are the same at The Club, but the feeling that guests have been invited into someone’s home is consistent across all the guestrooms. A layered design approach combines especially curated and unique artworks, understated luxury and warm materials to complement the building’s heritage.

The Club’s heritage building setting makes an impact. Singapore conservation guidelines ensure we’ve retained the original façade, and painting the original timber shutters a vibrant red connects it further to its Chinatown location. And by drawing the public from Club Streets’ bars, restaurants and clubs into Ann Siang Road, The Club extends the precinct and increases the buzz into the street’s upper side.