Singapore Tatler Homes - - EDITOR’S PICKS -

How do you choose a project to work on? What ex­cites me most in a project is the team that I get to col­lab­o­rate with. I am also drawn to the con­text of a project—its neigh­bour­hood, its cul­tural back­drop and tar­get mar­ket. Be it an as­pi­ra­tional spa in po­etic Provence or an ur­ban re­treat in the heart of Hong Kong, I am par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the ethos of cre­at­ing some­thing that is unique; it is a propo­si­tion that I feel chal­lenged with.

Walk us through your thought process in con­ceiv­ing the spa­ces at The Berke­ley: The essence of com­fort is key to many of my works and the pent­house suites at The Berke­ley are no ex­cep­tion. It is the cu­ra­tion of ex­pe­ri­ences within the spa­ces that evokes the sense of es­cape in the two su­per suites. The suites re­volve around very dif­fer­ent sen­si­bil­i­ties—the Cres­cent Pavil­ion Pent­house fo­cuses on the sense of in­ti­macy, whilst the Grand Pavil­ion Pent­house, with an en­tire glasshouse ded­i­cated to the art of en­ter­tain­ment, is con­ceived as a sin­gu­lar space. De­signed to re­flect the look and feel of a con­tem­po­rary English coun­try house, the Cres­cent Pavil­ion sug­gests the ex­pe­ri­ence of a pri­vate res­i­dence sur­rounded by a lush English gar­den. With the fo­cus on gen­er­ous com­fort, the suite is cre­ated as an ideal lo­ca­tion for en­ter­tain­ing with two sep­a­rate ter­races. Mean­while, the Grand Pavil­ion Pent­house is a spa­cious two-bed­room sanc­tu­ary that re­volves around an out­door fire pit.

Which de­sign el­e­ment do you feel the most proud of in this col­lab­o­ra­tion? The out­door ter­race of the Grand Pavil­ion Pent­house, where guests could en­ter from the din­ing sa­lon, which can host up to eight guests. An open-fire pit serves as the fo­cal point of the ex­pe­ri­ence, con­trasted with a se­ries of rus­tic stone plinths that sets the base for an ex­ten­sive lounge. Even in the mid­dle of Lon­don, the land­scape is dis­tinctly rus­tic and sculp­tural, and it evokes a sense of dis­tinct calm.

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