BINTAN BUDGET HOTEL
IN COLLABORATION WITH TAN CHIEW HONG
ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR
MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT WITH A 200 KEY BUDGET HOTEL AND 1ST STOREY
CONCEPT DESIGN ONLY
The programme calls for two 100-key budget hotels with a food bazaar at the ground floor with several retail components. Owing to the trapezoid form of the site, the hotel blocks are placed parallel to the side boundaries while creating a funnel-like landscaped spine which runs from the hotel drop off point through the centre of a bazaar, connecting retail spaces on the ground floor all the way to the Beer Gardens and eventually, the Crystal Lagoon which this mixed use development is part of. On either sides of this spine are steel pavilions with bamboo/riang riang trellises and polycarbonate roofing. Next to the pavilions are generous verandah walkways which serve as spillover spaces for retail and F&B outlets. The entry/end of the bazaar is marked by a forecourt with greenery on both sides and acts as an open space leasable for public events.
Local materials requiring low maintenance such as bricks, riangriang, pebblewash and terrazzo are used to maximise cost efficiency. The main building facades are designed using various types of bricks to form a myriad of coloured panels. The bricks are also laid in various laying methods to add interest to the façade. Full height windows are kept to a 1.2m width but are placed randomly on the façade, affording one set per room. The brick facade sits on a fairface concrete base that houses the hotel public areas as well as retail/F&B outlets. The bazaar floor is in pebblewash with varying grout colour to create a series of graded coloured flooring panels.
In keeping with the architectural character of the development, the same external material finish is similarly applied selectively to certain parts of the interior design. For both hotels, parts of the fairface concrete walls spill into the Lobby and Dining areas, while the brick facades are also reflected on the internal walls of the hotel guestrooms. Though similar in exterior form and facade, the two hotels have distinctive interior looks in line with their respective brands.