Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel, at Terminal 3, Singapore, is designed to create a sensual “time-out” for the exhausted traveller – a quick shot of the steamy tropics, a taste of Singapore, new Asia, 24 hours a day.
Designed in 2006, the building “floats” on a delicate filigree floral cage that filters and softens the surroundings, filled with tropical vegetation. The guest rooms drift on a carpet of jungle, water, palms, suspended over the tangle of roads. Beneath the carpet the travellers are collected from the departure level, arrival hall and entrance road by sensuously flowing walls, and then gently guided towards service and hospitality spaces wrestled from the left over spaces between the roads.
The architecture and interior expression is derived from South-East Asian textiles and tropical jungle. The façade is a 3-dimensional batik fabric that provides 60% shading to the facade. The public areas are wrapped in flowing bands of timber veneer, glazed Thai tiles, Indonesian Batik and Chinese metal mesh. The ballroom is an abstracted forest under a ceiling of raintree canopies in perforated metal. Materials are intentionally rough, sensuous and intense, contrasting in colour, texture and solidity to counteract the blandness of commercial aviation environment.