Studio HBA wanted to marry the idea of the old and new; the rich history of the past blending into the urban landscape of the present. While researching on Little India/Serangoon area history, it was discovered how the area was known for its vital trading activities and became a trading and cultural hub. One of these included the betel nut and nipah plantations that used to be cultivated in the area.
From there, the team narrowed down to mood images, narrating the activities Serangoon Road was once occupied with. Vibrant colours and textures of locally inspired elements instilled throughout the interiors as artworks and accent fabrics. The general scheme used are nature inspired tones and finishes creating a modern, refreshing and smart ambience with a local touch.
Inspiration also came from the old trading days in the 1800s. Manifestations of the forms of the leaves/plants were translated into colours and artworks for the interior. The colourful inspiration of the local Indian culture played a great part as well.
Text By Anindita Ganguly