The Prestige Hotel is located in Georgetown, set amongst the beautiful and intricate 19th century English colonial buildings found in this UNESCO World Heritage site. Uniquely one of a kind, the Prestige Hotel draws upon the cultural relevance of its colonial past whilst showcasing the brilliant art of illusion etched in sophisticated architectural and design philosophies to deliver a distinctive hotel stay experience. Located 25 minutes from Penang’s international airport and within walking distance to Penang’s famous cultural landmarks and popular gourmet hotspots, the hotel brings local inspiration to life and is the perfect launching point for intrepid business and leisure travelers seeking to experience local charm at its best. The hotel features 162 rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, a rooftop infinity pool, events pavilion and terrace, and a vibrant Victorian dining and retail arcade.
▼威望酒店的独特设计受到殖民历史带来的文化影响，prestige Hotel draws upon the cultural relevance of its colonial past
Named “The Prestige” to conjure brand imagery of elegance and sophistication, it also takes cues from the movie The Prestige starring Christian Bale, which was set in the Victorian era, (similar to the area’s context) about the illusory art of magic. This element of visual illusion (e.g. appearing & disappearing, or levitation) is subtly introduced throughout the hotel; ranging from transformation of familiar heritage floor patterns, furniture design such as the custom reception desk that seems to magically balance on balls, and hidden doors in guestrooms that open to reveal toilets and pantries. At the Ground Floor drop-off, one subtle intervention to unify the Reception with the Glasshouse Restaurant and retail spaces, is the black-and-white floor pattern, which seems to magically“appear and disappear” before your eyes.
▼与传统建筑相呼应的地面图案，the familiar heritage floor patterns
▼接待区、玻璃屋餐厅和商店空间通过黑白相间的地面图案被统一起来，the Reception with the Glasshouse Restaurant and retail spaces are unified by the black-and-white floor pattern
The inspiration for The Glasshouse came from the English Victorian conservatory (a sunroom with glass walls and intricate wrought metal lattice patterns). The studio applied the lattice pattern to the metal framed walls and glazing of the Glasshouse restaurant (seats 110 diners), presenting it as a delightful garden conservatory for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. A mix of real plants and tropical prints were used for the sofa cushions to add to the allure of being in a “Tropical Eden”.
The studio alternated dark and light color schemes along the guestroom corridors, to break down the potential monotony of the corridor experience. Mechanized light features were placed at regular intervals, to rotate and cast shadows of intricate lattice patterns to animate the guest journey. This visual animation and trickery (smoke and mirrors) was thus borne out of a response to the unusual specificity of the site.
▼电梯装饰细部，elevator decoration detail
▼客房走廊，guest room corridor
There are 4 room types in total: the standard room named the Deluxe, the Premier Deluxe Suite, the Loft Suite (designed for travellers on longer business trips or couples, this suite features a generous lounge on the ground floor and a separate bedroom area on the mezzanine level), and a unique Deluxe Trio room which features a smaller bedroom for a child travelling with parents, for additional privacy.
Function Rooms feature mullions with fluted glass, providing privacy while maintaining light and porosity. The infinity-edge roof top pool, is an excellent place to watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand, as it fronts Church Street Pier and overlooks the water. The studio not only designed the boundary walls and raised them, for greater privacy, it also designed landscaping to shield sunbathers from those having drinks at the gazebo lounge.
▼屋顶平台概览，roof terrace overview
▼屋顶休闲凉亭， gazebo lounge
▼无边界屋顶泳池，he infinity-edge roof top pool