Singapore, 10 December 2013 – PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore’s first hotel-in-a-garden, has been awarded Design of the Year by The President’s Design Award 2013. Singapore’s most prestigious design accolade recognizes excellence across all design disciplines and is conferred by the President of the Republic of Singapore.
The Award venerates buildings that make a significant difference to the community by improving quality of life through design. Entries are judged by a panel of expert jurors from both Singapore and overseas. Jointly organised by DesignSingapore Council and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), this year’s award saw a total of 131 nominations. In total, nine awards were given out for Design of the Year.
PARKROYAL on Pickering, designed by the award winning WOHA, is one of only 65 projects to have been singled out since The President’s Design Award was first founded seven years ago. This year, the hotel was commended by the Jury for ’’solving a complex problem radically with imagination and flair, bringing lush greenery and integrated landscape to high-rise development’’. The Design of the Year joins a host of awards already received by PARKROYAL on Pickering in this its first year of operation. Since opening in January 2013, the property has established itself as a design icon and ground-breaking hotel garnering accolades, across the spectrum of architecture, design, property, sustainability and greenery.
Hans Heijligers, Area Vice President Operations, Singapore Region at Pan Pacific Hotels Group says “It is an honour to have been recognized by the most prestigious design award in Singapore, cementing our status as an iconic building in the city. It is a testament to our team that, just one year on from the opening, the green architectural foundations of PARKROYAL on Pickering have moved beyond mere aesthetics and are fully incorporated into our hotel operations and team, customers and partners. This first year has exceeded our expectations and we are already looking forward to an exciting second year.”
Most recently, the hotel was given the Outstanding Award by the Skyrise Greenery Awards 2013. Granted by Singapore’s National Parks Board (NParks), PARKROYAL on Pickering was recognized for the skillful integration of sky gardens within the hotel’s architecture, allowing guests to view and enjoy greenery from every room. PARKROYAL on Pickering was also named Hotel of the Year by the World Architecture News (WAN) Awards 2013. Judges described the property as a garden of ‘warmth and vitality’ floating through Singapore’s canyon of concrete. PARKROYAL on Pickering’s sustainable project design and green efforts have also earned the 2013 HICAP Sustainable Project Design Award, as well as the Solar Pioneer Award for its innovative solar energy system. It has also been the first hotel awarded with the BCA Green Mark Platinum, Singapore’s highest green rating.
Awards and Accolades
• Solar Pioneer Award 2011 by Singapore’s Economic Development Board
• Green Mark Platinum Award 2012 by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA)
• Hotel of the Year by the World Architecture News (WAN) Awards 2013
• INSIDE Awards by the World Architecture Festival 2013
• Best Hotel Architecture Design 2013 by The South East Asia Property Awards
• Best Adoption of Luxury and Sustainability Ideas (Gold Medal Award) by the Hospitality Design Furniture Luxurious Projects Asia Awards 2013
• International Hotel and Property Awards by Design Et Al 2013
• FIABCI Singapore Property Awards 2013 (Hotel category) by The International Real Estate Federation
• Sustainable Project Design Award, Reggie Shiu Development of the Year
• Sustainable Hotel 2013 by the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP)
• Highly Commended (Greening Development) category by The South East Asia Property Awards
• Outstanding Award, Skyrise Greenery Awards 2013 by Singapore’s National Parks Board (NParks)
About PARKROYAL on Pickering
PARKROYAL on Pickering, a PARKROYAL Collection hotel, is managed by the Pan Pacific Hotels Group. A further expression of the PARKROYAL brand, a PARKROYAL Collection hotel is distinguished by its unique architecture and design elements while embodying the intrinsic PARKROYAL characteristics of modern comfort, uncomplicated service and authentic local connections.
Designed by award-winning architectural firm WOHA, PARKROYAL on Pickering adopts a hotel-in-a-garden concept and incorporates energy-saving features throughout the property. Its sustainable project design and green efforts have earned it the BCA Green Mark Platinum, Singapore’s highest green rating, as well as the Solar Pioneer Award for its innovative solar energy system.
Strategically located at the key gateways to Singapore’s central business district, Hong Lim Park and bustling Chinatown, the 367-room property provides an urban oasis in downtown Singapore, with convenient access to waterfront entertainment and dining options along the Singapore River as well as cultural gems across the island. PARKROYAL on Pickering, a PARKROYAL Collection hotel, is ‘Your Trusted Local Companion’ in Singapore.
About PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts
PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts is a collection of 14 comfortable leisure and business hotels and resorts (including those under development) located in gateway cities across Australia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam. Each PARKROYAL reflects the spirit and individuality of its location through creative touches, authentic tastes and local connections. Whether you are travelling for business, leisure, or even with the family, each PARKROYAL hotel and resort is designed so you can work in connected comfort, or relax in soothing surrounds. PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands. For more information, visit parkroyalhotels.com.
KS Lee Kin Seng
Director, Marketing Communications
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