Lai Chun Yuen
To allude to Lai Chun Yuen's rich historical roots is our first critical step in the design.
In a bustling Chinatown where it's always visually exciting and chaotic, we wanted to create
a contrasting hospitality experience - an oasis of calm and grace.
Year: Proposed 2011
Type: Hospitality   /  Services: Interior, Branding
Team: Torrance Goh, Tiah Nan Chyuan, Ella Hadi, Dylan Quek
 
FARM_LCY_01.jpg
FARM_LCY_08.jpg
FARM_LCY_02.jpg
FARM_LCY_03.jpg FARM_LCY_04.jpg
FARM_LCY_05.jpg
FARM_LCY_06.jpg
FARM_LCY_07.jpg
Lai Chun Yuen was first built as a theatre house and became hugely popular in Chinatown for its Cantonese operas. This was in 1887. Almost 125 years later, in 2011, Lai Chun Yuen is brought back as a new luxurious boutique hotel with FARM as the Concept Interior designers.

To allude to Lai Chun Yuen's rich historical roots is our first critical step in the design. In a bustling Chinatown where it's always visually exciting and chaotic, we wanted to create a contrasting hospitality experience - an oasis of calm and grace.

Cantonese opera is one of the most visually extravagant amongst Chinese operas, abound with
complex symbolism and metaphors. To achieve this subtlety in design, we turn to their makeup and pared them down to their essence. Through the simple use of three main colours: Black, White and Red and the various shades in between, they will connote different characters and imbue various meanings.

Using this as starting points, we employ these colors across the various spaces and also translate them to different room types, typical of opera characters - the Scholar, Warrior and Majesty suites. Their unique and exquisite headpieces are also abstracted into various design features.