Built in the 1940s, it had long been vacated in its original state, while the surrounding areas developed with high-rise structures.
The contrast between Villa Marie’s charming proportions and its modern surroundings could not be more apparent.
The low-rise structure, intimate scale, transitional spaces between the indoor and outdoor areas, interiors complemented by elegant tall arches, the use of warm materials, and most significantly lush greenery in the courtyard, have all inspired the design of the hotel.
Embracing this unique past, the building massing is designed as villas stacked vertically, each with its garden being an extension of the landscape.
Being stacked vertically, these 'sky villas' create a unique architecture deeply ingrained in the tropical lushness of Singapore.
Architecture elements, such as high ceilings, verandas, lush courtyard gardens, arches, and terracotta roof tiles, are reinterpreted in the new structure.
This referencing not only connects the architecture to its unique context but also rediscovers the wisdom of climatic responses in the past which is still very relevant today.