Shangri-La Hotel Singapore has finally revealed its iconic Tower Wing after an extensive eight-month renovation. Officially unveiled on 16 May 2017, the hotel now sports a refreshed lobby, brand new rooms and suites, three restaurant concepts, and a revitalised club lounge.
The Tower Wing, first established in 1971, was part of the first Shangri-La Hotel in the world. Its redesign was spearheaded by Mr Ryoichi Niwata from Japan-based Bond Design Studio. Niwata’s vision for the Tower Wing lobby, guest rooms and NAMI restaurant and bar was to introduce elements of nature indoors.
This is evident when guests are chauffeured up the grand driveway and welcomed into the stunning lobby, where they are greeted by a new, stunning ceiling art installation made of thousands of cascading metallic leaves. It is the brainchild of renowned Japanese designer Hirotoshi Sawada, and replaces the grand crystal chandelier that was once the centrepiece in the lobby.
The opulent interiors featuring brown flooring and darkened interiors (that the hotel lobby used to be known for) are also gone. In its place, Niwata has added more contemporary touches, making use of wood furnishings and fresh hues of white, cream and black. A 9m-tall basalt rock feature wall, designed by Australian landscape designer Charlie Albon, stands near the check-in area — marking the historical hotel as an elegant oasis steeped in luxury.
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350, +65 6235 1666
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Niwata uses traditional and modern materials, textures and furniture to create an elegant and soothing atmosphere. The lobby is now dressed in sleek wood furnishings and fresh hues of white and cream that contrast with black.
The centrepiece of the refreshed area, though, is a ceiling installation by Japanese designer Hirotoshi Sawada, whose trademark style draws inspiration from nature. The installation is reminiscent of a tree canopy amidst a tropical oasis.
The iconic Tower Wing’s 503 guest rooms and suites have been completely refurbished to cater to the modern traveller, and are now decked out in a soothing palette of earth tones.
The Tower Wing offers a variety of accommodation types, including 360 Tower Wing Deluxe Rooms (each at a spacious 38 square metres), 79 Horizon Club Deluxe Rooms, soon-to-open family rooms and suites, as well as five one-bedroom suites and the newly added 250-square-metre Grand Suite.
Located in the heart of the Tower Wing, the Lobby Lounge is a new dining concept by the hotel which offers a menu of local hawker fare. A variety of distinctly Singaporean dishes, including Katong laksa, fish head bee hoon Soup, and Hainanese chicken rice, is available. These dishes are created by Shangri-La’s culinary team in collaboration with hawkers.
Conveniently located beside the lobby lounge, ShopHouse is a retail concept that offers a delectable selection of artisanal pastries, cakes, freshly baked breads, luscious chocolate truffles, healthy salads and hearty sandwiches — perfect for guests on the go.
Nami Restaurant and Bar on the 24th level, which replaces restaurant Blu, is a fine dining spot boasting “omotensashi” Japanese hospitality. The kitchen is helmed by head chef Akiba Shigeo, who cooked at the royal wedding of Japan’s Prince Akishinomiya and Princess Kiko in 1990. Guests can sit by the counter to watch their food being prepared by the chefs, or relax on the terrace over delicious Japanese tapas paired with premium Japanese whisky.