Steel Container Modular Hotel Shows Our Space Age Future
As you walk around Singapore, it would almost feel natural to see a bulbous-headed alien crossing the street on his way to work, as visiting this city is like being transported to another world. The modular hotel architecture seen across the city is awe-striking, and in my perspective, makes Singapore the most beautiful and space age city in the universe.
Starting in the late 1990s, the Singapore government consciously launched a drive to develop ‘iconic’ landmarks in the city, as a means to strengthen the Singapore brand identity as well as to attract foreign tourists, skilled immigrants, investments, and buzz. In the last 20 year, Singapore has risen to the top as one of the world leaders in construction innovation, design, sustainability and creators of truly magnificent structures.
Earlier this year, near the Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, Singapore’s world class approach to construction could be seen during the assembly of the Crown Plaza Hotel expansion. Over a 26 day period, 252 containers were used to build a 10 storey, 243 room, free standing hotel. Original designs came from WOHA, a Singapore-based architecture firm with designs that can be seen across Asia and Australia. Including manufacturing and construction, the project took place in just over six months, costing about 12.8 million USD. The 252 containers were built in Beijing, China and came with all interior furnishings completely installed.
Crowne Plaza Extension Construction Details:
- Project: Singapore Crowne Plaza Hotel Modular Hotel Expansion
- Project Total Cost: 12.8 Million USD
- Shipping: 252 containers @ $950 usd per = $240,000 usd – shipping rate checker
- Size: 10 storeys and 243 hotel rooms
- Manufacture Period: 155 days
- Total Construction Period: 26 days
- Manufactured: Beijing, China
- Final Location: Singapore
- Architect: WOHA
- Structure Material: Modular Steel Container
- Completed: 2016