KLAPSONS, THE BOUTIQUE HOTEL
15 Hoe Chiang Road
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Sawaya & Moroni SPA
Functionality, innovation and timelessness are the three philosophies that inform klapsons, The Boutique Hotel’s design ethic. It is Singapore’s newest boutique hotel’s emphasis on these 3 fundamental ideals of design – functionality, innovation and timelessness – that has situated it as the finest example of each in the bustling financial capital. Together with William Sawaya of Sawaya & Moroni, it took 3 years to translate these seemingly simple principles into reality and the results are impeccable. Functionality is clearly of the utmost importance to this elegant specimen, which is a business hotel that exists to satisfy its guests by making each stay as convenient, comfortable and satisfying as possible. At klapsons, no single element is arbitrary. From the interaction of spaces, heights of tables and chairs, lighting controls and other simple technologies, the hotel is born out of function and practicality. The term, “Innovation”, is often thrown around meaninglessly. To see it actually in practice is a rare and momentous occasion. klapsons delivers that opportunity.
From its 3-tierd organic ceiling to its massive steel sphere that greets guests as the enter the through the hotel’s elegant glass doors and even to its use of industrial mesh to construct a wall, Innovation at its best is omnipresent at klapsons. The experience of even a visit to this building, which was miraculously transformed from a commercial building through the use of space, materials and strategic fittings throughout the building, provides a glance into how a thoughtful design process can lead to truly innovative solutions. Finally, timelessness…Under Sawaya’s guidance, klapsons, The Boutique Hotel aims to remove itself from the framework of a temporal design ethos. Sawaya has constructed the hotel in such a way as to do just that. He has inserted elements that somehow speak to generations, remaining eternally ‘of the moment.’ Sawaya himself even designed the klapsons coffee table that is made from a special Plexiglas and stands as a symbol of the hotel. The klapsons table premiered at the 2008 Milan furniture and has since been sold to and placed in many other Sawaya & Moroni projects. It is this distinctive, ubiquitous and yet, functional style that presently defines and will continue to fortify klapsons, The Boutique Hotel, Singapore’s newest gem.