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A Hotel for the Modern Minimalist

The facade of the new Hotel Mono in Singapore’s Chinatown precinct features a striking black and white palette that continues internally to create bold statements.

  • Hotel Mono Facade

  • Reception/Concierge

  • Bedroom Suite

  • Bedroom Suite

  • Bedroom Suite

  • Bedroom Suite

  • Bathroom Ensuite

  • Hallways between rooms

Targeted at savvy travellers and locals seeking unique design experiences, the new Hotel Mono on Mosque Street, Chinatown, occupies a row of six conservation shophouses that were painstakingly refurbished by Spacedge Designs.

In keeping with the hotel’s desire to offer high-quality rooms and service standards at a reasonable price, Spacedge Designs opted for a pared-down, yet considered design approach. Describing his concept as “simple [and] almost frugal,” William Chan, Chief Designer and Founder of Spacedge Designs, wanted to iconise the local shophouses with a modern twist and perspective on Singaporean design.

Hotel Mono Singapore by Spacedge | IndesignLive

Reception/Concierge

Entering the hotel, guests are greeted by a striking lobby that features a T-shaped cantilevered reception and a protruding six-metre illuminated wall ledge that runs in tandem with a customised 10-seater metal bench. According to Chan, these horizontal lines provide “a strong architectural canvas for the space.”

Hotel Mono Singapore by Spacedge | IndesignLive

Hallways between rooms

In addition, it imbues the hotel with a consistent visual identity further emphasised by a monochromatic palette. “Besides making the spaces [feel] comfortable physically and visually, I wanted to create a landscape of linear beauty, one that focuses on lines, grids, basic shapes and forms,” says Chan.

Hotel Mono Singapore by Spacedge | IndesignLive

Bedroom Suite

A squarish metal bar structure cuts across every room in various ways, creating a bold visual identity, while functioning as a coat hanger and lighting fixture. Mosaic tiles are prominently featured in the rooms to draw links to Singapore’s history while reinforcing the geometric look.

Hotel Mono Singapore by Spacedge | IndesignLive

Bathroom Ensuite

Catering to the architectural details of the conservation shophouses, each of the 46 guest rooms features a different layout with similar fixtures of varying adaptations so the experience of each returning guest changes with every new visit.

Hotel Mono Singapore by Spacedge | IndesignLive

Bedroom Suite

Hotel Mono Singapore by Spacedge | IndesignLive

Bedroom Suite

Photographs courtesy of Hotel Mono.

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