While historic buildings make Georgetown the colourful, postcard-perfect UNESCO World Heritage Site, a homogeneity blankets over newer developments outside of Penang’s inner city. It is in this landscape that G Hotel Kelawai aspires to be a more contemporary, outspoken expression of its time and place.
Aluminium battens, the product of a local industry, is applied iteratively to define the podium and lobby interiors. Entry is into a triple-volume cage, whose singularity of tone and texture is modulated by soft light and proportioned openings.
This receptacle is also a spatial dispenser that conducts guests via stairways and portals to surrounding volumes containing lounge, reception, as well as other functions on the upper floors.
“flux and movement […] characterise the hotel typology and the wider zeitgeist”