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.
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.