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Ministry of Design | MACALISTER MANSION
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1,700 SQM, BUILT 2012

brand strategy, architecture, landscape, interior, installation art, product, graphic,

Design Description:
Designed and branded as a lifestyle oriented ‘residence’, the Macalister Mansion and the 6 F&B and Hotel entities that comprise it have been conceived as a single holistic vision. The design differentiates itself from the local boutique hotel scene by its intimate scale, daring design and impeccable attention to details. Set against the backdrop of a conserved mansion, the heritage spaces have been carefully restored and infused with contemporary design - allowing the project to strike a balance between the nostalgia of the past and a vision of relevance for the future.

Client Testimonial:
Colin’s role as a visionary provided the hotel with an important overarching concept that synergized the heritage with the new, the landscape & pool with the existing house. Paired with tremendous rigor and dedication, Colin and his team also showed great attention to detail, and professional responses to each situation. I was pleased with the wit and sophistication they brought to the interiors and art curation, and appreciated that the team did not rely on previous projects or convention, each solution was fresh new and contextual to Macalister Mansion. I am very pleased with the multiple AWARDS in the 1st year, and highly commend Colin and his team to you.
— Mr Sean Hng

Winner, Best Design Award, 2015 at IAI Design Awards, China
Winner, Interior Design, 2014 at Golden Pin Design Award, Taiwan
Honorable Mention, Commercial Category, 2014 at International Design Awards, USA
Winner, Best Luxury Hotel Design, 2013 at HDF Luxurious Projects Asia Awards, Singapore
Winner, Best Small Hotels Award, 2013 at Asia Pacific Property Awards, United Kingdom
Finalist, Best Hotel under 50 rooms, 2013 at International Hotel & Property Awards, United Kingdom
Finalist, Interior Architecture Category, 2013 at Singapore Institute of Architecture Design Awards
Finalist, Design of the Year, 2013 at President’s Design Award, Singapore
1st runner up (Highly Commended), Hotel Category, 2013 at World Architecture Festival, Singapore
Winner, Best Luxury Hotel, 2013 at Gold Key Awards, USA
Winner, Best Hotel, Annual Hotel Awards, 2013 at Modern Decoration, China
Finalist, Best Hotel, 2013 at FX International Interior Design Awards, United Kingdom
Certificate of Excellence, Hotel Category, 2013 at Perspective Awards, Hong Kong
Winner, Silver, Hospitality & Leisure, 2013 at Design for Asia Award, Hong Kong
Finalist, Relax and Consume, 2013 at Frame The-Great-Indoors Award, Netherlands
Finalist, Best Hotel / Retail, 2012 at WAN Retail & Leisure Awards, United Kingdom

Hottest 154 hotels, selected from 1,000 hotels, 2013 by Condé Nast Traveler's Hot List
"IT List", Hottest 63 hotels, 2013 by Travel & Leisure Best New Hotels
Destination, 2013 by Destination Luxe List

Jury Citation:
"Macalister Mansion by Ministry of Design caused quite a stir in the judging room."
— WAN Retail & Leisure Awards, UK, 2012

It ticks all the boxes in its own market, offering unbelievable facilities for just eight rooms. The interior creates a real buzz and feeling of exclusivity."
— Juliet Kinsman

Unique location and building... Specially commissioned artwork is delightful. A class of its own.
— Judges’ winning remarks on Macalister Mansion