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lobby in Singapore be equally spectacular, while still imparting a strong sense of harmony and serenity,” he says. Right from the entry, there are clear Singapore influences. “We introduced an exploded lotus flower motif, that is repeated throughout the hotel,” says FosterBrown. “It’s visible in the decorative lighting and panelling in the lobby on Level 32, and a suspended sculptural centrepiece above the central podium on this floor. Nature also appears in the leaf patterns on the lift doors and custom carpets.” Elements of Singapore’s cultural heritage influenced the design of the elevator buttons. These are discreetly incorporated into handcrafted Chinese cabinets featuring colourful Peranakan pots and ceramics. “All the artworks, by local artists, were also inspired by nature,” says Ourednik. “They feature vibrant colours that reflect the tropical temperature of the city.” In keeping with the nature theme, the drop-off lobby has a vertical botanical garden, with a 102 search | save | share at collection of mosses, plants and stones to enhance the sense of arrival and serenity. Ourednik says vertical gardens feature in all Westin hotels, and were specified by Westin’s in-house design team led by Erin Hoover, vice-president of design. ““Hoover was inspired by research conducted by NASA scientists who discovered that growing plants indoors relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, enhances mental stamina and elevates moods. Plants also help to clean the air.” Further drama is created by the height of the drop-off lobby – it soars over three levels. “The other public areas are equally eye-catching,” says Foster-Brown. “The Lobby Lounge, for example, is a ‘see and be seen’ lounge where guests can perch with a martini, hold an impromptu meeting, or just sit back and enjoy the view.” Special features of the bar include a solid suar timber bar top, backlit glass columns, and a curved freestanding wall with coloured glass bricks and a decorative bottle display. The chandeliers incorporate illuminated crystal decanters made in Prague, and spotlights for each table. Below left:A vertical garden is a key feature of the drop-off lobby on the ground floor. Below and right:The Lobby Lounge on Level 32 is a glamorous bar and lounge featuring backlit glass columns, crystal decanter chandeliers and a decorative bottle wall of coloured glass bricks. Floor-toceiling windows maximise the spectacular views. Below right:The Cook and Brew bar was inspired by English and New York bars – it has more than 100 different beers on the menu. Materials include metal grillwork on the bar front and an unfinished recycled timber floor.