PARKROYAL on Pickering is a unique hotel that creates a lush resort experience in the heart of the city. The architects considered the site located between Hong Lim Park and Chinatown, varying open and enclosed volumes and allowing a porous solution to what might typically result in a monolithic urban block. The project strikes a balance environmentally, returning natural systems to the landscape it displaces.
From the surrounding streets, the sky gardens bring lush greenery into the hotel spaces and offer a measure of green relief to the surrounding streets. The open air corridors bring fresh air and an immediate connection to Chinatown. Cocoon-like hotel rooms provide comfort, privacy and glimpses of the city framed by the garden setting. The extremely complex planning and execution have been well considered down to small details, so that one feels exuberance in the overall design. The sustainable strategies with the vertical green walls open doors to future urban visions and further possibilities in a dense environment.
The Jury commends the project for solving a complex problem radically with imagination and flair, bringing lush greenery and integrated landscape to high-rise development.
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER
UOL GROUP LIMITED
An ideal working relationship between a developer and an architect is one where the architect produces a design fulfilling your brief. The perfect collaboration happens when the architect crystallises your vision, injects inspiration into drawings and realises it in the building.
PARKROYAL on Pickering started out with a clear vision as a hotel in the garden, drawing from its location within the Central Business District and proximity to Hong Lim Park. However, the site was not without constraints. The long and narrow footprint proved challenging in the design and planning of the hotel. We were certain that this project required the deft hand of an architect that could respond appropriately to the surrounding context and provide creative design solutions.
With One Moulmein Rise and Newton Suites as precedents of our long-standing partnership, there was faith in the thought process and rigour that WOHA could apply to PARKROYAL on Pickering. Sharing our vision, WOHA proposed a simple folding of the slab block that lengthens the elevation of the building facing Hong Lim Park.
This stroke of ingenuity contributed to the design that we see standing today. Open- sided courtyards were created, linked at the pool deck and sky gardens at four storey intervals. All guests can now enjoy the view of the lush greenery of Hong Lim Park and the landscaped terraces from their rooms.
We also entrusted WOHA with the interior design of the development to ensure seamless transition from the exterior to the interior spaces. The rapport and working relationship that we had built over the years assured us that WOHA had the ability to design a stunning building when given free rein to explore. Even when the project weathered the global financial crisis, we experienced first-hand how they were able to thoughtfully add value even when cutting cost, at no expense to the design.
PARKROYAL on Pickering has garnered overwhelming public interest and we see it growing as a new landmark within the existing urban landscape. The imageability of the project is largely defined by its stepped terraces and colonnade fronting Hong Lim Park. It is at once striking yet unimposing. Its appearance evokes intrigue and inquisition. Often we see pedestrians, both local and foreign, halting in their steps to photograph the building. Perhaps, they are drawn to the concrete contours that define the podium and the birdcage gazebos in an array of colours. Imagine the delight when they discover the hotel, pool deck and carpark contained within.
PARKROYAL on Pickering epitomises the unique experience of the Garden City. Its lush greenery and water bodies create an alluring ambience of nature right at the city centre. interestingly, it has redefined the notion of hotels located within the CBD. In the same way that our earlier residential developments with WOHA have left an indelible mark on designing high-rise tropical residences, this project will set new standards for green and sustainable hotels. As we strive to promote a design culture, due recognition must be given to designs that possess aspirational qualities, engage innovative ideas and produce commercial viability. PARKROYAL on Pickering is one such project and is truly deserving of the award.