“Magical”. That was the first word that comes to her mind, as Alexandra Champalimaud fondly recalls her first impression of Raffles Hotel Singapore. “It’s in this beautiful white, it’s almost like a tiered cake, it’s so pretty and so well-done,” shares Champalimaud, the founder of New York-based practice Champalimaud. “There is a certain magic in this journey that you make from the front (of the hotel) to the back, and all the way around.”
Reopening on Aug 1, Raffles Hotel Singapore now features a refreshed interior spearheaded by Champalimaud.
Realised in collaboration with a team of restoration partners including Aedas Singapore, Beca and Studio Lapis, the interior makeover features spaces that bring together elements reflecting the hotel’s storied history; from the hotel’s early beginnings in the late 1880s to its previous renovation during the 1990s. The hotel now comprises of a total of 115 suites, ranging from the 495sqft Studio Suite to a pair of Presidential suites that span approximately 2,798sqft each.
What we’ve done is contemporary and nostalgic. It’s got some touches of Peranakan details, Malay-Chinese influences.— Alexandra Champalimaud, founder of Champalimaud