A tour through the new art and design elements of Shangri-La Singapore

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Text: Adibah Isa

Enter the new Shangri-La Singapore, where an urban oasis awaits

To say that Shangri-La Singapore's recent new look is a long time coming is an understatement. It's been 19 years since the luxury hotel's last refurbishment and renovations to the Tower Wing, which first debuted in 1971 with the homegrown brand's property opening. Nestled in an enclave within Orange Grove road, the hotel needs no introduction — but after being in the business for over four decades, perhaps a re-acquaintance is in order.

The change begins with a brief that lies in the hands of Winnie Ip, Shangri-La's design manager for artwork; and Ryoichi Niwata of Bond Design Studio in Japan. The eight month-long renovations saw an overhaul of the Tower Wing lobby, 503 guest rooms, NAMI restaurant and bar as well as the Horizon lounge. With an aim to bring the outdoors indoors, the updates are less associated with the trimmings you'd traditional expect from luxury hotels. Instead, they are a contemporary throwback to the foundation stone of Shangri-La — the lush, legendary land featured in James Hilton's 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. Scroll through the gallery above for details.

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