They also features a specially crafted menu by Chef Marc Wee that demonstrates his playful approach to reinventing classics, including the Spaghetti with Tri-Pepper Crab, Arbite’s take on Singapore’s favourite pepper crab and the Scotch Egg with Yuzu and Wasabi Hollandaise, a classic English pub grub with a Japanese twist.
Arbite (ahr-bahyt) is a pun on the German/Danish word for work (arbeit/arbejde). Inspired by Europe but rooted in Singapore, this philosophy of working hard and living well is exemplified in everything that they do and the food they serve.
The TapMaster, a specially-engineered beer tap, has been brought in to maintain optimal freshness of A for Arbite’s Belgian draughts. Amber Ale, Abbey Double Brown, Abbey Tripel, Pilsner and Lindemans Peach beer are available on tap along with other favourites in bottles. A for Arbite features a tasting menu of five different beers and dishes which Chef Marc Wee has specially selected to match the Belgian brews. Non-beer drinkers can pair their food with artisanal teas.
The 64-seat, 2,000 square feet restaurant is at the heart of the Kampong Glam's latest dining stretch; Aliwal Street. The Aliwal Arts Centre, where the restaurant is located, is a historic heritage building whose geometrical clean lines and functional building elements complement Arbite’s approach to creating its dining spaces. The name "A for Arbite’ is a tribute to the Aliwal Arts Centre’s former identities as Chong Cheng School and Chong Pun Girls' School. It has since been refurbished by the National Arts Council to create space for both budding and established artists to showcase their works and talent.
The design for this Malaysian-Singaporean joint venture actively engages the space of the surrounding city to form a new civic nucleus in Singapore’s modern metropolis. The two towers are not conceived as autonomous objects, but defined by the spaces they create around them.
The design for DUO subtracts circular carvings from the allowable building volumes in a series of concave movements that generate urban spaces, a kind of "urban poché" that co-opts adjacent buildings and symbiotically inscribes the two towers into their context.
By generating the massing through a subtractive process, the elevations of the new towers are reduced to slender profiles. Vertical facades rise skywards along the adjoining roads, while a net-like hexagonal pattern of sunshades reinforces the dynamic concave shapes. The duo of tower volumes is further sculpted to feature a series of cantilevers and setbacks that evoke choreographed kinetic movements of the building silhouettes.
The buildings dematerialize as they reach the ground to provide a porous permeable landscape traversing the site. Leisure zones and gardens act as a connector between multiple transport hubs and establish a flow of tropical greenery and lively commercial activity, accessible to the public 24 hours a day. A plaza, carved into the center of the towers and integrating the neighboring building as part of its perimeter, forms a new public nexus between the historic district of Kampong Glam and the extension of the city’s commercial corridor.
Multiple levels of vertical connectivity give access to large elevated terraces for the hotel and residents, a public observation deck and a sky restaurant atop the office/hotel tower, while establishing a direct connection to the adjacent underground MRT subway station. Vehicular traffic is lifted off the ground to allow an uninterrupted pedestrian circulation. Extensive landscape areas at the ground levels, elevated terraces and roofscapes provide accessible green space equal to 100% of the site area.
Construction is scheduled to start in 2013, with completion pencilled in for 2017.
26,700m2 lot bounded by Ophir Road, Beach Road, Rochor Road, North Bridge Road and Fraser Street
The Sultan is a shop house style boutique hotel, nestled right in the heart of culturally vibrant Kampong Glam. Faithfully preserved and recreated from traditional Singaporean shop houses; The Sultan retains many beautiful architectural features that hark back to a time in Singapore’s past when Kampong Glam was a bustling shopping and trading district and shop houses were magnificently built with great arches and columns to be used by owners as both their personal residence and their place of business.
In fact, the distinctive building which houses The Sultan’s main lobby is so prized for its historical and cultural relevance, and architectural beauty, that it has appeared on a 1996 Singapore postage stamp!
At The Sultan, you won’t have to give up the perks of modern comforts and luxuries to get a taste of old world Singapore charm.
The Sultan boasts 64 hotel guest rooms, offering 8 different room types to cater to their guests’ different budgets and needs. No two rooms in The Sultan are exactly the same, spanning different visual themes, views and spatial set ups, giving their guests a little surprise each time they go back to visit them.
Derived from two Malay words, Kampong, which means village, and Glam, a type of tree that used to be abundant there, Kampong Glam was the area allocated to Sultan Hussein Shah in 1823. The neighbourhood was also home to the Malay and Arab communities, who made a living selling foodstuff and merchandises.
After Kampong Glam was declared a conservation area in 1989, its rejuvenated allure has attracted locals and tourists alike, who converge there to enjoy its eclectic mix of traditional and modern shops and eateries.