Yang Sing Hotel Yang Sing Oriental Hotel                                                      Yang Sing

Hotel Yang Sing Oriental: 48 individually designed bedrooms and suites inspired by the cultures of Japan, China, Thailand, India and beyond fused-together in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Manchester.

Gerry and Harry Yeung set me the task of creating this unique hotel in Spring 2003. Acting as the ‘architect’ I saw the project through very complex planning and building control applications and was given creative freedom to design the new space of this then derelict, hollow shell of a beautiful Manchester Victorian warehouse.

My client’s brief was to create a modern take on luxury – with stylish design and intimate spaces to relax. Each of the 48 bedrooms are unique, many in the form of ‘Oriental Suites’ which have a defined lounge/ work area in a split level space. In order to expose the beautiful original beams and columns I designed the services to run through a raised flooring system rather than the conventional ceiling routes.

Hotel Yang Sing Oriental Hotel

Where there were spare beams I used them to carve the bold and dynamic reception counter, collaborating with a chainsaw sculptor to achieve the shape I wanted, whilst meeting the strict Part M disabled ergonomic stipulations of the Building Regulations for the counter’s access.

Oku champagne bar

THE BEDROOMS: The hotel is located in Manchester’s Chinatown, whose industrial and cultural history is a unique entity. The high ceilings, tall sash windows and exposed beams add a proportion instantly recognisable as that of Victorian industrial architecture. My colour schemes took inspiration from the rich and bright colours evident throughout Oriental history. The combined result is an eclectic mix of historical grandeur and fresh and luxurious finishes with an Oriental touch, appropriate to the location.

The 48 differing suites have been collected into 6 categories:



Grand Mandarin

Grand Oriental


Grand Emperor


Though the smallest of the suites, these rooms are all at least 29 square metres. The lacquered dressing table and tea unit were designed to evoke traditional Chinese pieces with a modern twist in the fresh colouring.

The bespoke wardrobe features very large stainless steel handles again reminiscent of ancient Oriental shapes




The very large pendant shades are covered in one of the room’s luxurious fabrics. Its size adds proportion to the very large rooms. The 4 poster beds were designed to feature subtle lines and details from Oriental furniture. The screens help to define the lounge/ work space from the raised bedroom area.

Bathrooms are wet rooms with bronze metallic tiling and feature mirrors with a sketch of stylised branches sandblasted into them.

Grand Mandarin:

Curved corner bedrooms with 5 huge sash windows and cylindrical bathrooms. The bedhead features a seat to its rear where you can watch Manchester city life go by.

This bitted chocolate and bright yellow colour scheme is luxurious and sharp.





The bathrooms feature waterfall taps, freestanding baths and built in TVs

Grand Oriental:

This colour scheme is inspired by the neon lights of Hong Kong, which I visited with the Yeung’s on several research and buying trips. The abstract geometric mirror configuration is another traditional Chinese theme.


These rooms are on the top, 5th floor and have a loft style layout with bedroom areas on the mezzanine level and a large living space on the general level.

The Grand Emperor Suite:

A huge space with mezzanine spa relaxation area, lounge and separate bedrooms space. The exposed trusses and huge rooflight windows are evidence of the building’s industrial past, now superseeded by luxury and comfort.