Known as the Garden City, Singapore is a citywide showcase of urban, tropically inspired beauty and biophilic architecture. Garden by the Bay’s Supertree Grove blooms behind Marina Bay Sands and the Jewel at Changi Airport boasts an interior rainforest. Throughout the city, vertical gardens and green roofs glorify commercial and residential buildings.
The Singapore architecture firm WOHA designed the Pan Pacific Hotel Group’s Parkroyal Collection Pickering hotel as a companion to Hong Lim Park with 15,000 sqm of green space built into its form. And towards the end of 2020, Pan Pacific’s new masterwork, Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, debuted as a rich re-imagination of the hotel that occupied this property.
Replacing the former Marina Mandarin Singapore, this new Parkroyal Collection hotel on Raffles Boulevard was the subject of a S$45 million renovation focused on sustainability and wellness. This striking structure, originally designed by neo-futurist American architect John Portman, has been renovated to include a 370-sq-m indoor lobby garden featuring a 13-meter-high landscaped green wall and more than 2,400 individual trees and plants.
A Sky Bridge looms across the atrium’s canopy of the trees from four storeys upward and sculptured pavilions, with their design inspired by birds’ nests, illuminated like lanterns come nightfall. Sustainability is expressed through the installation of new water-filter systems to the usage of products with biodegradable packaging and the procedure of breaking down food waste to create a supply of nutrient water for the garden.
Each of the 583 rooms and suites, such as the Urban Room and the Parkroyal Collection Suite, is adorned in earth tones and provides city and bay views by way of its deluxe balconies. The hotel’s mineral-water swimming pool, lit up via 1,380 fibre optics lights, provides expansive views of Marina Bay from its level-five position.
In line with the hotel’s overriding philosophy, dining possibilities feature the restaurant Peppermint, which offers plant-based entrees featuring ingredients from the hotel’s urban farm, the Cantonese restaurant Peach Blossoms, headed by chef Edward Chong, and the garden oasis Atrium Lounge, which serves up a nature-inspired afternoon tea daily and cocktails and whisky by night.
Peppermint offers menu items like Singapore lobster laksa and sustainable barramundi with honey soya emulsion and cauliflower rice; while dishes like poached wagyu beef with onsen tamago are up for offer at Peach Blossoms; and at Atrium Lounge, sample signature cocktails include the Atrium Garden, which features 42 Below, Thai basil, guava and calamansi.
More developments are due in spring 2021, as The Collection Club will be completed on the hotel’s fifth floor, offering leisure and meeting space with views of the sprawling skyline, and the hotel’s urban farm will welcome visitors later this year. The February debut of the property’s new state-of-the-art gym and holistic St Gregory Spa will enhance the location’s wellness offering.
Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay is not only surrounded by nature—but is an extension of nature itself.