Constructed in 1983, Hotel Excelsior has withstood the test of time. The recent renovation was carried out with the preservation of heritage in mind, in its historical and architectural context.
The intrusion of the façade has been minimised to preserve the originality of the building exterior. The building was reclad with a special KOVA spray paint that gives a sandstone effect, which is not only robust and durable, but also exudes a quality akin to its original material. This was a contemporary reinterpretation of the original mosaic tiles. Aluminium louvers were placed vertical at seemingly random areas to enhance the slick look of the building.
For the interior, it was spruced up with a theme of four seasons, a metaphor of the hotel being a welcoming place all through the seasons. The choices of colours and materials were bold. One can see that there is a blend of vibrant and lively approach for the rooms with the summer and spring themes, to the more tranquil and peaceful tones of gray and earth colours in the autumn and winter themed rooms.
Common areas such as the entrance, lobby and lounge were given the contemporary treatment, with timber veneers and modern tiles, combined with classical fittings such as chandelier lighting that bears testimony to the building’s heritage.
The palate of colours and choices of materials were limited to not more than five each for the common areas. They are predominantly hues of grays and browns while materials used were timber, stone, steel and glass. The neutral, elegant and welcoming style of the décor will provide a cosy and comfortable waiting and seating areas for guests.