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Yotel Singapore Brings First Class Airline Cabins to Micro Hotel Rooms

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Location
Singapore
Completion Date
2017
Site Area
5,056 sqm
Gross Floor Area
31,100 sqm
Architecture Firm
Principal Architect
Angelene Chan
Principal Designer
Mike Lim
Design Team
Chow Kok Pan, Elsie Ong, Francis Gripal, Irish Aquino, Lau Ming Heong, Leonard Cheok, Teoh Zi Ying
Civil & Structural Engineer
Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd
M&E Engineer
Alpha Consulting Engineers Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor
Rider Levett Bucknall
Interior Design Firm
DP Design Pte Ltd
Lighting Consultant
Landscape Architect
Salad Dressing Landscape Architecture
General Contractor
Maincon (Building) Pte Ltd
Interior Fit-out Contractor
Cheng Meng Furniture Group (Pte.) Ltd
Image Credit
DP Architects Pte Ltd, Marc Tey (interiors)
Products
Carera Bathroom Pte Ltd
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How does one design a well-featured and spacious hotel room in a 12.5 square metre space? While there are various approaches in designing for compact spaces to function well and still feel expansive, Yotel Singapore chooses to draw the inspiration from a plane cabin design, hence the guestrooms are referred to as the “cabins”.

Yotel Singapore Brings First Class Airline Cabins to Micro Hotel Rooms

©DP Architects / Marc Tey

The concept of convertible and multifunction compartments found in a plane cabin plays an essential part in allowing for free space in the guestrooms. Take the bedding as an example. As the most space-consuming furnishing in most hotel guestrooms, the beds in Yotel Singapore are convertible—similar to the business or first-class cabin seats which can lay flat or remain tilted. This feature allows flexibility of function should guests decide to use it as a sofa instead of a bed and therefore, provide extra space.

Yotel Singapore Brings First Class Airline Cabins to Micro Hotel Rooms

©DP Architects / Marc Tey

To allow more open space in each of the ultra-compact guestrooms, DP Design incorporated smart space saving design strategies. Features like a working desk, an ironing board, a media centre and others, are all tucked away behind the perimeter walls’ panels. Reminiscent to many operable hidden compartments in a plane cabin, staying in this hotel’s room thus becomes comparable to being on board a flight.

Yotel Singapore Brings First Class Airline Cabins to Micro Hotel Rooms

©DP Architects / Marc Tey

One unique feature present in most of the cabins in Yotel Singapore is the position of the bathroom. Instead of being located near the building’s corridor, the cabin’s bathroom is positioned at the room’s end, facing outside the building. DP Architects and DP Design are deliberate in deciding the bathroom’s area since the building is surrounded by edifices with heights tall enough to block much of the cabin’s view. As a result, lower floor and base-tier rooms are designed to be inward oriented. When the bathroom is in use, black-out blinds provide the privacy needed. If not, the glass-partitioned bathroom passes on ample natural light to the cabin, which helps to bring the feeling of spaciousness into the room.

Yotel Singapore Brings First Class Airline Cabins to Micro Hotel Rooms

©DP Architects / Marc Tey

Yotel Singapore Brings First Class Airline Cabins to Micro Hotel Rooms

©DP Architects / Marc Tey

Like many newer hotels that cater to millennial travellers, Yotel Singapore’s compact rooms are complemented with an extensive area to socialise including an all-day dining venue, a swimming pool and a gym. Location-wise, its proximity to Singapore’s Orchard Road also makes the room’s compactness more sensible as discerning hotel guests would have spent more time outside their cabins. When the day ends, it is safe to say that travellers returning to Yotel Singapore can enjoy the cosiness of this cabin and all the comforts that it brings.

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