‘Garden-in-a-hotel’ concept debuts in Singapore

'Garden-in-a-hotel' concept debuts in Singapore

The Skybridge at ParkRoyal Marina Bay

Singapore: ParkRoyal Collection Marina Bay, owned by Pan Pacific Hotels Group, has completed a US$33 million refurbishment and transformed into the country’s first ‘garden-in-a-hotel’.

Following a nine month refurbishment, the hotel is now home to over 2,400 plants, trees and shrubs from more than 60 varieties of flora. The Skybridge offers guests the chance to walk above the new design.

Home to Southeast Asia’s largest indoor atrium, the 21-storey construct has been designed by architect John Portman. A suspended floral sculpture, Orchidea, was installed in 1986 by Richard Lippold.

The lobby is home to two sandalwood sculptures of ancient Chinese philosophers Li Bai and Confucius, created by Ju Ming. A 13-metre tall green wall at the lobby, designed by FDAT, reflects traditional Chinese landscape painting.

The building’s structure has been preserved during the transformation, preventing more than 51,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being produced during construction. This is equivalent to cutting down more than 8.7 million trees.

An urban farm, which contains over 60 varieties of fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, supply the hotel’s restaurants, bars and spa.

In the Skyline, there’s a collection of meeting and social spaces. These include the Collection Club Lounge, Skyline Bar, The Green Space – a multifunctional area overlooking the city skyline – and a 25-metre swimming pool. 

General manager Melvin Lim said: “The ParkRoyal Collection brand was created to champion sustainability and living responsibly, promote iconic architecture and design, as well as embrace wellness and lifestyle. We have certainly taken these up many notches as we reflect upon our multiple initiatives and achievements.”

News of the renovation was first announced in January 2020 which highlighted sustainability as a core design focus.  The hotel was formerly known was Marina Mandarin before rebranding under Pan Pacific’s ParkRoyal Collection.

The hotel is located in the Central Business District of Singapore.

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