Type : Hospitality
Location : Penang, Malaysia
Year : 2014
Service : Architecture, Interior Design
Site area : 936 m2
Nested along one of the oldest lane in Penang, a row of heritage-listed shop-houses are to be restored and transformed into a boutique hotel in anticipation of the wave of increasing tourism in UNESCO heritage-listed Georgetown. The design is conceived to simultaneously evoke the rich layers of culture and history of the original shophouses while also keeping them modern through the sensitive insertion of a new volume. A monumental yet light glass block structure is inserted in between the two existing structure, to serve as both a buffer as well as the entrance at which users first enter. This triple height space filled with natural light is the arrival point to unfold the layers of memory hidden beneath the ‘old’ portion of the building. As the new volume served as a communal space with lounging area, the old wings house the hotel rooms.
ATT : Jan Steven Tjandra, Lisa Teo, Valonia Octavia, Ribka Jennifer