Foster x 傅厚民 x Alexander Lamont | 新加坡嘉佩乐酒店中的青铜锦鲤

新加坡嘉佩乐酒店(Capella Hotel)位于圣淘沙岛,融合了始建于1880年代的军事建筑以及全新的酒店翼楼和别墅,由普利兹克奖获得者诺曼·福斯特的 Foster + Partners 建筑事务所主理。其套房和别墅的最近一次更新,则由傅厚民(André Fu)的设计事务所 AFSO 负责。

Located on picturesque Sentosa Island, Singapore’s Capella Hotel is an innovative project in which Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster has seamlessly integrated historic buildings from the 1880s with cutting-edge contemporary wings and villas, while the renovation of its suites has been led by acclaimed interior designer André Fu.


The Garden of Memory in Tanah Merah

新加坡嘉佩乐靠近充满热带风情的南海岸,包括一座六星级酒店、多幢别墅和中心花园,其中种植了5000多株树木。在马来语中,“丹那美拉(Tanah Merah)”意为“红色的土地”,这促成了当地殖民建筑的赤陶土屋顶特征。

Capella Singapore lies just off the coast in the tropical south and is composed of a six-star hotel, a collection of villas, and a large central garden with over 5,000 trees. In Malay, “Tanah Merah” means “red earth”, which has been traditionally used to form the terracotta roof tiles of the local colonial architecture.





As architects, we are committed to delving deeply

into the inner workings of many different branches

of human activity. We continually explore in order to

arrive at the best possible solutions.

— Norman Foster


British Architect Sir Norman Foster was the recipient of the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize and is a well-known representative of the “high-tech school”, whose modernist, pragmatic design principles derive from a concern with humanity and nature. His most recognized works include the Reichstag in Berlin, the Millennium Tower in Tokyo, London City Hall, and Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.


For the Capella Singapore project, Foster + Partners were asked to provide an addition to two meticulously restored historic buildings that once housed Royal Army officers. In response, Foster has introduced a structure which extends from either side of the main existing building, which forms a loop that encircles the main garden. The new building has a curvilinear form derived from the natural contours of the adjacent hillside, while the garden integrates a collection of courtyards, cascading pools, and standalone suites within a lush, 30-acre tropical landscape.







— David Nelson

Senior Partner, Head of Design @ Norman Foster

Our design aims to achieve a strong sense of place, continuity and context by respecting the topography of the site and sensitively integrating the historic Tanah Merah buildings, which frame the hotel and provide a gateway to the resort. The new elements of the Capella Resort follow the natural tiers of the hill to form a subtle, layered intervention into the tropical sanctuary of the grounds.

— David Nelson

Senior Partner, Head of Design @ Norman Foster


The new design has been carefully modulated to fully respect the Tanah Merah architecture that has stood on the site for over a century. The addition follows in the spirit of the original buildings’ proportions, color palette, and shaded areas while new visual elements and a terraced landscape have been incorporated to revitalizing effect. Visitors can also enjoy an intoxicating sea view from the flexible glazed double-height curtain wall from the existing villa building.


Timeless Nature in an Oriental Setting


Twelve years after the opening of this world-class resort, André Fu Studio was invited to renovate 110 interiors of the resort’s suites and villas. Featuring a palette of sandy earth tones, sage green, and mineral grey, the new suites combine calm comfort and relaxed luxury with a contemporary sensibility. The color tones derived from nature echo the atmosphere of the adjacent garden, while providing a sense of coolness amidst the tropical heat.





The original interiors of the resort were the work of famed Indonesian designer Jaya Ibrahim, based on his core principles of balance and symmetry.

For the renovation, I wanted to honor his original intentions while infusing it with the quality of luxury expected by the hotel’s clients. I feel that a design must reflect and respect people’s evolving use of a given space.

— André Fu

傅厚民被誉为“亚洲最受欢迎的室内设计师”,以弥合欧亚文化之间差距的东方审美而著称,倡导“真正的奢华在于体验”。代表作包括普罗旺斯Villa La Coste、京都三井酒店、奕居等。


André Fu is one of Asia’s most celebrated and prominent interior designers, known for his ability to bridge the divide between European and Asian cultures with an Eastern aesthetic, while advocating, “genuine luxury must be experienced to be truly understood”. Some of his best-known works include Villa La Coste in Provence, Kyoto’s Mitsui Hotel, and The Upper House hotel in Hong Kong.

At Capella Singapore, Fu has preserved the original partitions and layout of the rooms, introducing an elegant aesthetic with a tropical spirit through the supple contours of his custom-designed furniture. Leather, rattan, linen, teak, and oak are employed, complemented with inlays and weaving to create delicate patterns and surfaces which are both rich and delicate. The resulting blend of refined creativity and artisanship produces the defining character of Capella Singapore.


An Intimate Encounter with Exquisite Craftsmanship


Capella Singapore’s refined aesthetic continues at the source of the cascading pools in the Tanah Merah garden, a courtyard whose curved wall is adorned with schools of elegantly sculpted koi fish.


This group of koi sculptures provide a fascinating focal point and are an important symbol of the hotel’s relationship to water, giving the courtyard a potent poetic evocation of boundless spaces and their enigmatic allure.

这组锦鲤雕塑由英国设计师亚历山大·拉蒙特(Alexander Lamont)创作,他相信物品具有精神能量。

Created by British designer Alexander Lamont, taken together they are reminiscent of an unfurled Asian scroll painting, their lively presence recalling the natural world and animating the space around them.





Our connection to ourselves, people we know, places we’ve been, and memories we cherish are often tied to the objects that surround us. This is why it is important that the objects in our lives are made with meticulous attention to detail and the highest level of craftsmanship.

–Alexander Lamont


As a recognized designer of the highest order, Alexander Lamont has passionately explored natural materials throughout his career, taking traditional handcrafted and manufacturing techniques and adapting them in homage to the spirit of 20th century Art Deco aesthetics.


Lamont takes creative inspiration from the cultural richness and perfection over time inherent to traditional craft techniques, as well as the stories associated with them. First domesticated in China thousands of years ago, the red carp was introduced to Japan in the 16th century and became popular as a pet among the nobility and samurai.


The brilliantly colored koi came to symbolize good fortune and harmony, but were also famed for their physical strength. In southern Europe, they were given as wedding anniversary gifts, symbolizing a prosperous and beautiful marriage.


Lamont’s sculptures at Capella Singapore, with their meticulously expressive forms, simulate the undulating movement of koi in flowing water. Cast using a lost-wax technique with an option of being custom gilded, they express a varied range of moods and come in an array of sizes.


Wherever they are placed, be it on the floor, reflected in a mirror, mounted on a wall, or nestled in an alcove, these koi sculptures transform ordinary spaces through their vivid associations with water and nature, activating the senses and evoking a profound sense of reverie.


Lamont aspires to imbue each of his bronze animal sculptures with a distinct lifelike and spiritual presence, creating works which embody their individual historical, cultural, mythological, and aesthetic significance.


The subtle elegance and charm of Alexander Lamont’s sculptures, achieved through deep knowledge and remarkable attention to detail, echoes the refined character of the garden designed by Norman Foster, while seamlessly blending with André Fu’s Eastern interpretations of nature. “Perfect subtlety alludes to infinite expanse”: the spaces of Capella Singapore offer contemporary design focused on meticulously crafted detail, their intimate scale and lush textures providing an experience of sophisticated, sensual richness for every visitor.



项目年代:2003 – 2009




合作建筑师:DP Architects Pte Ltd

环境工程:J. Roger Preston (Singapore) Pte Ltd


结构建筑师:Web Structures Pte Ltd

景观设计:Belt Collins International (Singapore) Pte Ltd

室内设计:André Fu Studio

装饰艺术设计:Alexander Lamont

Project Information

Project Name: Capella Resort

Project type: hospitality

Project period: 2003 – 2009

Area: 95,246m²

Location: Sentosa, Singapore

Architecture Design: Foster+Partners

Collaborating Architect: DP Architects Pte Ltd

Evironmental engineer: J. Roger Preston (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Lighting. engineer: Isometrix

Structural Engineer: Web Structures Pte Ltd

Landscape Architect: Belt Collins International (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Interior Design:André Fu Studio

Decorative Design:Alexander Lamont