▲ URBAN PRIMER Grand entrance The Kaleidoscope, a shimmering escalator that leads into recently opened private members club 1880 Wong Mun Summ THE ARCHITECT Singapore has all the components to become a selfsufficient city. At WOHA [the practice Wong cofounded in 1994], architecture is less about the individual style and design composition on a building scale, but more about the urban scale and what we can do to create architecture that is sustainable both environmentally and socially. This city is very futurepositive, it has an enthusiastic attitude towards innovation and technology. Buildings already incorporate strategies like high-rise greenery; urban farming is being explored extensively; buildings are connected and serve multiple functions, and in keeping with the transformation towards a “smart city”. Our buildings address critical issues that we face as a society, such as climate change. But at the same time, in presenting architectural solutions for these critical issues, we also want to convey a positive vision of the future. woha.net are both inviting and industrial. Spices used in drinks at the fabulous Lobby Bar are a nod to the building’s past, while Po, conceptualised by local celebrity chef Willin Low, celebrates historical Singaporean dishes. Later this year the iconic Raffles (raffles.com), among the most storied hotels in the world, will reopen with new suites, an updated lobby and renovated bars and restaurants, and Six Senses (sixsenses.com), known for its focus on wellness and sustainability, will unveil its first urban properties this year with the debut of Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell, two streets apart from each other (see interview with Neil Jacobs, page 55). SPENDING SPREE Uber high-end French audio brand Devialet (devialet.com) opened its Asian flagship in Marina Bay Sands late last year, the only place in Southeast Asia selling the special edition Devialet Gold Phantom Opéra de Paris speaker, among other delights. The buzzy London fashion retailer Dover Street Market (doverstreetmarket.com) debuted in Singapore at the lifestyle hub Dempsey Hill, selling Shihara jewellery, Balenciaga threads, Simone Rocha dresses and more. The Orchard Road store of cult Korean brand Gentle Monster (gentlemonster.com) is as enticing for its outré interiors as its eyewear prized by K-pop stars and their rabid followers. Local independent designers and craftsmen are celebrated at Keepers (keepers.studio), which recently moved into a larger, permanent store at the National Design Centre. Calfskin cardholders and bags are among the lures at Moynat (moynat.com), the sole Southeast Asian store for the luxe French marque. ■ ▲ Splendid sights From top: offbeat décor in designer eyewear brand Gentle Monster’s store; The Supreme Court Terrace, National Gallery Singapore © COLOSSAL PHOTOS, © WOHA, © GENTLE MONSTER, © NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE 56 NetJets Singapore Changi Airport: 11miles/17km (to Downtown)
OFFSHORE IDYLL Bintan Bounty A SHORT FERRY RIDE FROM SINGAPORE, THE INDONESIAN ISLAND PROVIDES A FULFILLING LEISURELY GETAWAY 6 Grown-up haven Built using 30,000 pieces of hand-picked bamboo, Cempedak (cempedak. com), sister property to Nikoi, is a feat of startling engineering and extraordinary craftsmanship. Open only to adults, it has 20 thatch-roof, open-plan villas with their own plunge pools, a grass tennis court (guests must play barefoot), beguiling bars and enviable green credentials. 1 In the club After a full renovation in 2016, the 18-hole Laguna Golf Bintan (lagunagolf.com), designed by Greg Norman, winds through forests, wetlands and seafront coconut groves. At the signature 17th, the tee box is set out to sea and the spectacular rock formations come into play. THERESA GRIEBEN 2 Local charm Anchored by the black-andwhite Great House and set on a quiet stretch of whitesand beach, The Sanchaya (thesanchaya.com) – Sanskrit for collection – was inspired by the countries of Southeast Asia. Rooms, split between villas and suites and all served by butlers, come in soothing, elegant hues of white and muted grey, while the bar and restaurant showcase colonial sensibilities. 3 To a tee With 27 holes taking in jungle, ocean, forests and lakes, Ria Bintan Golf Club (riabintan. com) lures many Singaporeans in search of a full day out on the Gary Player-designed courses, often described as the finest in Indonesia. 4 Family time Nikoi (nikoi.com) attracts Singaporeans, often with children in tow, yearning for an easy, breezy Robinson Crusoe-style getaway. Stilted beach houses have wooden floors and double-layered roofs to increase ventilation. Two dining rooms feature gorgeous nine-metre-long dining tables made from driftwood and meals that include barbecued seafood, Indonesian classics and local fruits. 5 Heading south Opened in February, The Residence (theresidence.com) spreads along the shore and hills of southeast Bintan and includes two-bedroom villas with direct beach access. The Hirsch Bedner Associates interiors display Javanese influences.
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