A Mix of Tradition and Modernity
Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa
23 Beach View, Sentosa, Singapore 098679

Mövenpick Heritage Hotel is the result of a sensitive and dedicated conservation of two three-storey pre-war buildings located on Sentosa island. The compound has a rich heritage of housing military forces, being part of an existing military barracks built in 1940, it also held the distinction of housing the First Malay Artillery Regiment of Singapore.

The former link between the two barracks is revitalised into a breathtaking triple-volume space framed by cleverly designed lattice patterns inspired by rice grains, a local and regional staple. These patterns are brought through to the link way galleria where light percolates through the screens, creating a soft, dappled effect.

Heritage doors were given new life, and ventilation grilles were restored and used to conceal services. Space planning was creatively thought through to bring back the communal atmosphere of the colonial barracks by creating an uninterrupted flow of space throughout the food and beverage areas at the first storey.

The floor joists of old tropical houses were introduced as ceiling rafters in the guestroom’s living area to echo shophouse designs of the past. The conservation doors separate the living and sleeping areas and also create a sense of progression from the bedroom to dressing area to the bathroom. The alignment of the balcony glass respects the colonial façade while keeping the elements and the bustling noises at bay.

The all-day-dining restaurant has low partitions that dichotomise the dining experience, offering terrace views for families and pool-front dining with cosy, romantic booths. The design featuring colonial pillars, greenery and sculpted stone is a blend of hardscape and softscape; tradition and modernity.

The combination of the function rooms, The whiskey bar at the east wing and restaurant at the west wing creates an eclectic dining experience for guests and visitors. The sprawling function rooms spill over through the verandah onto the Merlion Terrace and can be easily reconfigured for an intimate bespoke dining experience with a show-kitchen, to business seminars or banquet settings.

Design team

DP Design