New luxury hotel Mondrian Singapore Duxton is set to open at Singapore’s buzzy Duxton Hill F&B and nightlife district this March.
Singapore will welcome yet another luxury hotel with Mondrian Singapore Duxton set to officially throw open its doors in the first quarter of 2023. The new hotel, the second Mondrian to open in Asia Pacific after the opening of Mondrian Seoul Itaewon in 2020, was first announced in early 2021 and will debut with 302 rooms and suites that take inspiration from traditional Singaporean architecture with a touch of contemporary flair.
Not familiar with Mondrian? The Ennismore-owned hotel group saw its first luxury boutique hotel open in Los Angeles back in 1985, a chic property dripping with class and panache smack along Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Duxton Hill may not possess the glitz and glamour offered by that famous Hollywood stretch, but the precinct – once known for attracting those in search of illicit vices – has its own distinct charm. Today gentrified Duxton is instead home to a number of Singapore’s award-winning restaurants and popular cocktail bars.
Incoming Mondrian Singapore Duxton promises to add even more vibrancy to the enclave.
The new hotel was designed from the ground up by Los Angeles-based hotshop Studio Carter with the philosophy of ‘deconstructed shophouse chic’. “Rather than a direct translation of the classic shophouse, we took its parts and deconstructed it into contemporary forms,” said Studio Carter’s founder Robbyn Carter. “We wanted to recognise it, but also reinvent it, that Singapore silhouette, and rediscover old details in contemporary and unexpected touches.”
One of the key design elements is an entire rethink of the traditional hotel lobby. Instead of a staid lobby space, guests will immediately find themselves in a bustling restaurant and bar when they first enter.
Carter also delved into Singapore’s rich melting pot of cultures and trade route neighbours for inspirations for art, furniture and materials. “It’s a beautiful merger of the botanical green city, the shophouses, the cultural convergence, the new with the historical,” shared Carter.
Mondrian Singapore Duxton is set to be home to an art collection that further strengthens that design narrative. The multi-disciplinary curated artworks is said to feature both emerging and established Singaporean and international artists.
For gastrophiles? Mondrian Singapore Duxton will have as its flagship restaurant Bottega di Carna. This contemporary Italian steakhouse will be presided by Dario Cecchini, considered by many was the world’s best butcher (you may have caught Cecchini in an episode of Chef’s Table dissecting a cow in his butchery in Tuscany). Here Executive Chef Alastair Clayton and Chef de Cuisine Kenny endeavour to turn the finest prime cuts of meats into dishes that will enthral even the pickiest meat lover.
With the hotel’s opening, Singapore will see a new cocktail bar entrant as well. Enter Jungle Ballroom, a tropical cocktail bar that’s set to shake up the Singapore’s cocktail scene with creative and classic tipples that draw on the region’s rich bounty and served from a sunken lavastone bar.
And of course, it can’t be a proper Mondrian without a rooftop bar and poolside cabanas. Here Mondrian Singapore Duxton aims to mesmerise guests with a Canyon Club-esque 1970s Palm Springs vibe, but surrounded by the Singapore skyline instead.
“It’s all about gathering a true community of creatives and free-thinkers, and provoking conversations, imaginations and culture,” says Mondrian Singapore Duxton’s general manager Robert C. Hauck. “I see Mondrian becoming the beating heart of this extraordinary city, a catalyst to forge connections with like-minded people, innovators and the wild at heart.”
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