Phyto Suite Feature on ST Lifestyle

Phyto Suite Feature on ST Lifestyle


Phyto Suite Feature on ST Lifestyle

The Phyto Suite, The Initial Residence

[Singapore, 11 March 2022, Straits Times] – The Phyto Suite is a pilot project by local serviced apartments provider The Initial Residence that brings “garden city” living indoors.
Designer and hospitality entrepreneur Lim Keong Wee, who co-founded hospitality management firm Cover Projects in 2015, collaborated with home-grown plant styling firm The Nature Dialogue to create a biophilic suite in the 46-bedroom co-living serviced apartment building in Balestier Road.
The serviced apartments, which have a gym and an urban farming garden on the second level, are designed with deep greens and wood finishes, and inspired by the former rattan plantations along Balestier’s Whampoa River.
The 50 sq m Phyto Suite is a one-bedroom living space which costs about $1,200 for a minimum of six nights’ stay. It features more than 50 species of plants in up to 180 pots throughout the space, including in the kitchenette, garden balcony, and the living and dining areas.
Plant lovers can care for flowering and foliage species such as anthuriums, begonias and monsteras imported from South America, China and other parts of South-east Asia.
Mr Lim says The Phyto Suite is inspired by Balestier’s history. Its interiors reflect the rich sights, sounds, scents, and tastes of both the area’s heritage and its present-day urban development.
Balestier – including its protected buildings such as colonial-era shophouses – was gazetted as a conservation area by the Urban Redevelopment Authority in 2003.
In the 1800s, cottage industries centred on rattan production were set up in the area, which was also known for its sugarcane plantations.
“Cover Projects firmly believes in transformative living spaces that inspire, uplift and connect its inhabitants with sustainable experiences,” says Mr Lim, 41, a Singapore permanent resident who has more than 13 years of building design experience.
He is also a co-founder of PAC, an award-winning design practice with a track record of work on large-scale hotels and resorts such as Genting Hotel Jurong.
He adds: “The Phyto Suite challenges the notion of ‘garden city living’ by combining the experience of working, living and breathing in a tropical forest within a built environment.”
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