The past, in all cases of boutique properties below, is ingeniously used as an inspiring root to bridge a bygone era with today by redefining and distilling three elements of Place, Ritual and Perception to its core. This renovation in which restored works immerse in fresh breaths of the contemporary life, in terms of architecture and experience, creates a lifestyle known as Living Heritage.
Macalister Mansion, Malaysia
Set amidst a colonial mansion that was built in the early 1900s, Macalister Mansion integrates existing historic architectural cues and the tale of Norman Macalister, the late Lieutenant-Governor of Penang from 1808 to 1810, as an underlying quasi-historical narrative.
Its enchanting backstory provided a great latitude for a renovation of multi-disciplinary design by Ministry of Design in 2012, allowing a single concept to be translated and applied across architecture, landscape, interiors, art, branding, and uniform. Accordingly, this mansion was renovated around the idea of an old English mansion in which eight luxurious guestrooms and four F&B outlets have jointly brought ambiance of an actual home, including fine dining, engaging conversation, soothing music, a good night’s sleep or simply lounging by the pool. Notably, it synergizes the landscape and pool design with the existing building for a sensitive handling of heritage site.
Macalister Mansion designed by Ministry of Design
As a quirky and sophisticated new lifestyle destination to relax and unwind, Macalister Mansion was listed in Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious Hot List of World’s Best New Hotels in 2013.
Loke Thye Kee Residences, Malaysia
Situated in the heart of George Town, one of 5 Malaysian UNESCO world sites rich in heritage and a Southeast Asian unexpected street art hub, Loke Thye Kee Residences recalls the spirit of a bygone era but adds its own contemporary twist to modernize the living experience.
Loke Thye Kee Residences designed by Ministry of Design
Set in five pre-war characteristic shophouses of George Town, Loke Thye Kee Residences provides five suites for both long and short-term guests. Designed amidst the footprint of the traditional shophouse courtyard and alleyway, each suites in Loke Thye Kee Residences is precluded by a lush garden forecourt and an intimate private balcony with soaring pitch roofs. Therein, the tradition collides the contemporary on several levels, from the materiality to the spatial experience, and even branding and in-room collaterals.
Loke Thye Kee Residences perfectly complement the neighbor Loke Thye Kee restaurant, which means ‘House of Happiness’ in Hainanese and was a selected venue for birthday dinners and wedding parties from the 1919s.
New Majestic Hotel, Singapore
Situated in a traditional conservation shop house within the heart of Chinatown in Singapore, the conceptual experience of New Majestic Hotel simultaneously draws from its locale and heritage whilst looking forward to create an experiential narrative, which earned it membership in the internationally acclaimed “Design Hotels” group. From the open concept period-inspired lobby with restored vintage Compton fans to the dramatic pool with glass inserts floating above the restaurant, to the selection of period colonial furniture from Singapore in the 1920s-1960s, New Majestic Hotel is a stunning and eclectic mix of heritage chic.
New Majestic Hotel designed by Ministry of Design
Opened in 2006, all of 31 unique rooms in this hotel is infused with a unique piece of installation art by a host of local Singaporean artists, satisfying the new global hotel consumers’ appetite for distinctive experience.