PHILIPPE STARCK’S M SOCIAL SINAGPORE
Social Singapore Hotel opened in the city’s riverside neighborhood of Robertson Quay. The 293-room hotel is part of an integrated development project that also includes a luxury apartment project, UP@Robertson Quay.
French designer Philippe Starck designed the property, which it is characterized by the use of raw concrete balanced with the concept of immateriality with the use of multimedia projections and video screens.
In the driveway, guests are greeted by steel sculptures of two peanuts, as well as a cube, all finished with a bronze, rust-like patina. The latter doubles up as additional luggage storage area. At the reception area, there is a 10-meter-long high table flanked with three display cabinets designed by Starck. Underneath is an alabaster floor lit from the inside to recall the effect of marble. The lobby also has the country’s first self-check-in kiosks. Another amenity is the open-air deck, where there is a 31-meter-long lap pool tiled with blue mosaic and which stretches out towards the Singapore River. There are also woven grey lampshades hanging on the green wall, each placed beside a wooden outdoor lounger.
There are four different guestroom configurations. The Nicer Room has a private outdoor terrace, while the duplex-style Bigger Room has full-height bay windows, a designated workspace and a relaxation area.
A second public area is the restaurant and bar, Beast & Butterflies, housed in a separate wing of the hotel. Here, there are eight different chandeliers recessed into the ceiling. Along one wall in the restaurant, 40 tablets are mounted and run its length, projecting contemporary artworks.