ANDAZ WILL GO DUO IN SINGAPORE
It’s not just Scottsdale that Andaz has on its radar, though it will be the only place where they’ll (possibly) open before the year is out. We already mentioned that Palm Springs, Ottawa, and Riviera Maya are also in the works, but so is Singapore.
Much like Starck’s The South Beach, Andaz Singapore will be part of a mega mixed-use development, a ten-minute walk down Beach Road into the Ophir-Rochor district. Called DUO Singapore, it will have the usual combination of residences, offices, retail, restaurants, bars, as well as lots of public green spaces both at ground level and high up in the sky – think rooftop pools and sky decks.
Set along a half-moon base, a residential tower will shoot up 50 stories, while the office/hotel tower peters out at a mere 39. Architect is Ole Scheeren, who also designed the pixelated Mahanakhon Tower in Bangkok that will house the Edition hotel (we’ll talk about that in more detail when we can).
We saw the construction in its very early stages earlier this year, and despite Singapore’s reputation for building fast, we think 2017 may be a push for completion. Andaz Singapore should have 352 rooms when it opens, with presumably hexagonal floor-to-ceiling windows if the building’s façade is anything to go by. There will be that outdoor pool, a restaurant on the 38th floor, and we presume a variety of other facilities we’d expect from Andaz.
While we don’t have any renderings of the interiors yet, we do know where we’d like the group to look for inspiration: Andaz Tokyo. Open since last June, in – surprise – the mixed-use Toranomon Hills tower, there are lots of design elements that we wouldn’t mind seeing again. Examples?
The cleverly laid-out rooms, with pocket doors that easily create separation and privacy where you want it – based on the Japanese concept of fusuma/shoji, we’re sure it will translate to Singapore.
Simple controls (for lights, curtains, and the like) that don’t require an engineering degree to operate.
Interesting, contemporary design with a local twist.
Combine that with killer views, and we’ll be eager to see what waves Andaz will be making in the Lion City.
[Renderings: Buro Ole Scheeren. Photos: LE Miami]