They take food and drink seriously, with a tantalizing drinks menu and a tempting range of edibles.
At the Department, they are fanatical about coffee and tea. They take sustainably-sourced specialty coffee beans from Five Senses Coffee, Australia and a bespoke range of teas, then apply serious technical know-how to craft caffeinated perfection!
Their food isn’t fussy or showy. It is comforting, honest and deliciously satisfying. The Department’s regularly changing menu of twisted classics, wicked salads, succulent sandwiches, small-batch cakes and tempting pastries is a celebration of bold, inventive and occasionally unconventional flavours.
Whether you need a perk-up or a mid-morning jolt, some time out or a good catch-up; a small bite or a square meal, this is the new perfect venue for you.
Carven will be setting up its first free-standing store in Singapore, showcasing the women’s ready-to-wear, accessory and shoe lines. The House will be located on the third floor of ION Orchard, replacing 6fivebarcode, with a Parisian spirit.
Since the beginning, the Carven house has had a democratic and Parisian view of fashion design. Madame Carmen de Tommaso broke through the austere world of Haute Couture as an innovator in the Forties with a spontaneous and fresh style, adapted to the women’s everyday life at that time.
Since 2009, Carven has opened a new chapter. From the couture years, Guillaume Henry, the new art director and Carven have kept its heritage. It lives on in the spirit of perfect design and choice materials. Today, the house offers ready-to-wear that is both inspired and accessible.
Honoring the legacy of the House’s Haute Couture years, the one that rhymes with perfect garment design and appropriateness of fabrics, today Carven offers inspired and affordable ready-to-wear clothes.
Guillaume Henry keeps only a spirit of Carven, like a scent left by someone when leaving a room...A scent with fresh, spontaneous and elegant notes.
The Lo & Behold Group re-opens its beloved Loof, Singapore’s first standalone rooftop bar located atop Odeon Towers in downtown CBD. The name Loof is a playful reference to the idiosyncrasies of local speech and culture. Going back to their roots, the new Loof is refreshed but maintains its cheeky and quirky character, but now comes with extra local flavour.
Enjoy carefully crafted Southeast Asian inspired cocktails with bar food that have a local twist. Then take a trip down memory lane and purchase little gems of nostalgia at The Mama Shop. Bask in the cool shade of Loof’s urban garden. Take in the best view of Raffles Hotel.
In the heart of the city, soak up infectious beats from their resident DJs KFC and Tyler Made. Get a weekly dose of ear candy every Thursday at “LOOFAPALOOZA” with DJ Uncle Johnny as he spins tribute indie and alternative beats from the 80s and 90s.
The newest addition to Loof is The Mama Shop. The Singaporean precursor to the modern day convenience store, Mama shops were typically run by Indian Uncles (“Mama” in Tamil). A spin on the traditional, The Mama Shop’s hostess greets customers and sells knick-knacks and treats of yesteryear. Play Five Stones with your friends, crackle some pop rocks, or simply buy kitschy souvenir notebooks and mugs. There’s a little something for everyone, Singaporean, expat, tourist or business traveler.
The cocktail and bar food menus both feature Singaporean elements and lots of local flavour. New Southeast Asian cocktail selections include five distinct drinks that are familiar yet unique.
Bandung Bloom, made with kalamansi juice, vodka, champagne and rose syrup is an updated tuck shop drink that takes you back to those school canteen days. The Singapore Sour plays on salty-sweet with sour plum, kalamansi juice and vodka. All drinks are made with the freshest quality ingredients, including herbs freshly plucked from our own mint, basil, lime and lemongrass plants.
The architects behind the new Loof are Marc Webb and Naoko Takenouchi of Takenouchi Webb. Featured throughout are signature shingle patterned tiles adorning the walls, trellis and backdrop to the bar which brings a quirky, eclectic and playful aesthetic.
Equally dominant is the ample greenery and foliage, a testament to the Group’s organic growth over the past seven years and a nod to Singapore’s tropical flora. The four large trees remain a focal point, now surrounded by creepers, hanging plants, and a green wall, truly making Loof an urban sanctuary.
#03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, 331 North Bridge Road
Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced the soft opening of Moevenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, its first property in Singapore, with the grand launch earmarked towards the end of the year.
Located in the heart of Sentosa, the five-star hotel depicts the colonial history and contemporary flair of the country in its striking interiors, designed by world famous Japanese firm, Super Potato.
The hotel’s facilities are spread out over two distinct wings, the traditional Heritage wing -with colonial heritage dating back to the 1940s, and the new Contemporary wing providing an upscale experience to discerning travellers. The initial phase sees the opening of the contemporary wing, which offers distinctively designed rooms and suites, dining and entertainment options and meetings and conference facilities.
This modern section features 105 Deluxe rooms while 19 Onsen Suites, three Executive Suites and two Penthouse Suites - will open throughout 2011. The signature Onsen suites will each feature a Japanese-style hot tub set in a tranquil outdoor sanctuary while the Penthouse Suites will offer private rooftop pools
Mövenpick Heritage is located at the heart of Sentosa Island, a 15-minute walk from Universal Studios Singapore. The luxurious hotel offers an outdoor infinity pool, free parking and free Wi-Fi. Spacious guestrooms feature modern interiors with wooden flooring. Each well-appointed room has a minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and a flat-screen TV withc cable channels. The en suite marble bathroom comes with a bathtub.
Open for all-day dining, the hotel’s restaurant serves international dishes that can be enjoyed in an outdoor setting. The rooftop Sky Lounge offers drinks and live musical performances. Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa offers laundry and dry cleaning services. Luggage storage is available at the 24-hour front desk.
Hotel Mövenpick Heritage is a 20-minute drive from the popular Orchard Road. Changi International Airport is a 35-minute drive from the hotel.
Pasta Inc was incorporated in 2008. The birth of Pasta Inc was primarily due to their enthusiasm and flaming passion to bring you the best authentic flavors of Italian Pasta and Italian cuisine.
Led by a group of young, creative and aggressive entrepreneurs, dedicated managers and staff, they aspire to serve you top notch service with delicious food, and bring you an unforgettable dining experience.
Pasta Inc is nestled in quaint Tanjong Pagar, along Keong Saik Road. Their neighbourhood is also known as the Bukit Pasoh Conservation Area, having being conferred a conservation status in 1989. Their location offers both old world colonial charm of a bygone era, as well as city buzz and convenience.
The Bukit Pasoh Conservation area is also home to several boutique hotels, restaurants and cafes, giving it a laissez-faire, artistic flair. Celebrating the spirit of our neighborhood, Pasta Inc features a modernist, chic interior embellished with colourful paintings. Friendly staff and a cosy ambience greet you the minute you step through their doors – a respite from the humidity of the five-foot way outside.
Their floor area of approximately 1,000 square feet can accommodate up to 40 comfortably seated diners. Pasta Inc also now boasts a private room for a cozier setting, also perfect for quiet business luncheons in the city. At Pasta Inc, they seek to savour and pamper their clients’ taste buds. Hence, their menu is carefully sculpted to house a variety of Antipasti, Insalate, Zuppe, Primi Piatti, Secondi Piatti, Dolci E Gelato and Bevande.
That’s not all - their wine list has been carefully selected to complement their dishes, so as to elevate your dining experience to perfection. At Pasta Inc, they strive to serve you the perfect dining experience where you will come back seeking for more.
Delivering on its promise to build an optimal balance of Work, Play, Live and Grow elements, Asia Square will be the first commercial development in the Marina Bay area to be fully integrated with a five-star business hotel. Clinching the deal is Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which will be managing the 306-room hotel under the Westin brand.
Set to open in 2013, the hotel will span over 300,000 square feet and occupy the 32nd to 46th floors of Asia Square Tower 2. Blending sophistication and rejuvenation, the hotel will provide high quality accommodation and state-of-the-art business facilities to meet the needs of discerning business and leisure travelers.
The Westin brand continues to be a market leader in many established and emerging markets throughout Asia Pacific. With Asia Square’s prime location and excellent amenities, coupled with their distinctive wellness positioning, they are certain of delivering a world-class hotel that will redefine the Marina Bay precinct.
The wellness-inspired hotel will boast an array of facilities and amenities that will allow traveling executives to ‘live’ it up at Asia Square. This includes a standard room size of 45 square meters, 4 restaurants offering new concepts in dining; a fully-equipped state-of-the art gym that is open around the clock; spa facilities; an infinity swimming pool and a business centre with more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space. All guest rooms will feature Westin’s signature brand programs, including the soothing Westin Sensory Welcome, the iconic Heavenly Bed and the refreshing Heavenly Bath experience, that help create a sanctuary of calm in the heart of the bustling city.
In addition, hotel guests can enjoy easy access to a vibrant array of dining outlets and distinct mix of retail services that are located within the development, as well as excellent connectivity to the commercial developments, entertainment facilities and the newest landmarks in the Marina Bay area through Asia Square’s prime location.
The Westin brand that is synonymous with wellness and that will truly differentiate Asia Square from other commercial developments. What’s really critical is that Asia Square will house the very first integrated five-star hotel for the New Downtown, adding yet another dimension to their strategy to build from a human perspective. This underscores how they are building for the future, creating a new environment for occupants at Asia Square to Work, Play, Live and Grow at their optimum.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has just unveiled its Yunnan Garden Campus Master Plan, which will transform the campus – the largest in Singapore at 200 hectares – into a mini city. When fully completed, it will have a number of trendy meeting points dotting the landscape to encourage cross-campus chats. Walk into one of these and you will be able to have a conversation with a student, professor or researcher from another discipline or school.
Such common spaces will help to break down psychological ‘glass walls’, and encourage people of different research interests and disciplines to get to know one another better. In this way, everyone will benefit from the cross-fertilisation of ideas that springs from unexpected connections across the sciences. This is something that is becoming increasingly important as new knowledge comes from the overlaps between disciplines.
To create a melting pot of diverse talents across disciplines is in line with the NTU 2015 five-year strategic blueprint announced in November 2010. As part of this blueprint, NTU will put its global stamp in five areas known as the Five Peaks of Excellence. The five interdisciplinary areas are Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road and Innovation Asia.
Today, NTU is already a cosmopolitan hub of 33,000 students and 3,000 faculty and researchers from more than 70 countries. Future visitors to the new Univer-City can expect to find retail shops, cafes and restaurants, and even a pub and cinema in this self-contained campus, together with its existing conveniences. These will be at the new Campus Centre, which will become the heart of NTU. A road near the School of Art, Design and Media leading to the Administration Building will be transformed into a pedestrian promenade. The Campus Centre will create a ribbon of diverse meeting places, with academic, social and residential facilities located alongside each other.
Connecting with Nature: No concrete jungle, this will be a vibrant Univer-City with a soul. Today, the Yunnan Campus is already home to a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. The Campus Master Plan aims to enhance this even further with additional plants and landscaping. Providing soup for the soul, new blue spaces will be created to add to the green. All these will provide the NTU community with a myriad of opportunities to connect with Mother Nature. The open lush greenery of the campus will be integrated with covered walkways and cycling lanes, to encourage people to walk or ride eco-friendly bicycles. Later on, pavilions and decks can be built next to a network of ponds and lakes to create new outdoor classrooms and lookout points, providing more common spaces for learning and relaxation.
The new ponds will enable NTU to reuse the rain water for irrigation of its lush expanses of greenery. Eventually, all the water bodies, including the naturalized waterways, ponds and lakes will form a continuous swath of blue across the campus to complement the greenery.
Forging greater industry links: The Campus Master Plan also aims to create a seamless physical integration between NTU and its neighbour, the upcoming CleanTech Park, a 50 hectare eco-business facility developed by JTC Corporation. It will be easy and convenient to move between the two entities, facilitating the shared use of research facilities and common spaces for social interaction.
Fostering greater interaction: The pulse of a city is its population. NTU believes that a residential experience is an important part of a holistic varsity education. NTU will be adding 5,000 new hostel places (single and shared rooms) by 2015. This will allow every undergraduate who desires to stay on campus to be able to do so.
At present, there are 9,200 places spread over 16 halls of residence. A new graduate hall, to be ready by early 2013, will house an additional 690 places for graduate students, which will result in more than double the current places available. International faculty and staff can also look forward to new housing facilities on campus.
A new Learning Hub – a shared facility for all schools – will also be created, housing about 70 “Classrooms of Tomorrow”. These classrooms are designed to drive group discussion and interaction. Whiteboards will be replaced by giant interactive screens, and students can even collaborate with their peers in different countries. SMART Boards will empower lecturers to virtually modify their teaching, so as to best fit individual students' learning styles. The Hub is expected to be ready in two years’ time.
To drive cross-disciplinary collaboration, a new Interdisciplinary Research Building is being planned. Catering to a mix of research faculty from NTU and its institutional partners, the building will be located near the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Building at Nanyang Link and is scheduled to be ready by 2014.
In anticipation of the needs of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a new building will be built at the Yunnan Campus, in addition to the upcoming Novena Campus. To be outfitted with the latest technologies for learning and discovery, the building will be designed for current and emerging trends in medical education, such as virtual learning, clinical simulations and interdisciplinary collaborations. Located near the School of Biological Sciences on Nanyang Drive, it is expected to be ready by 2014. Easy access between the Yunnan and Novena campuses is being planned to ensure interaction of students from both campuses.
Extensive consultation: The Campus Master Plan is developed by the University together with a team of consultants led by Mr Harold Guida from Guida Moseley Brown Architects. It is the culmination of two intensive years of work by NTU’s Campus Planning committee that began in 2008 which included meetings with hundreds of members of the NTU community in this extensive planning process.
Located along Marina View at Marina Bay, is a twin-tower mixed-use development that will comprise 2 million sq ft of grade A office space, a 280-room five-star hotel, 60,000 sq ft of retail space and 'The Cube', a 100,000 sq ft open public space used for networking or relaxing with a regular programme of exhibitions and performances. The development is currently under construction and will be completed by 2011/2012.
Asia Square Tower 1 will feature 43 floors and Asia Square Tower 2 will feature 46 floors with the hotel occupying the 32nd to 46th floors. The retail space within Asia Square will be located on the 1st and 2nd floors in both towers.
The development incorporates several environmental sustainable features.
It will house the largest photovoltaic cells (solar panel) installation
on a roof in Singapore and also the first bio-diesel generation plant
in a commercial development in the CBD. Asia Square has achieved both the Leadership in Energy & Enviornmental Design Core & Shell (LEED-CS) Gold precertification by the US Green Building Council and Green Mark Platinum Award by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore, making it one of Asia's greenest buildings.
Inspired by Tokyo's cheap afterwork drinking and snacking, enjoy Five Izakaya Bar with its live entertainment and great views, with $5 specials all day this is a great place to relax after a long day's work.