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Stretching across two iconic heritage-listed buildings—The Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building—this 62-room boutique hotel has been constructed with obsessive attention to aesthetics and concern for retaining the interesting features of both buildings.
MADE BY ORIGINALS
With Singaporean parents, an Irish upbringing, and a British education in law, Lok Lik Peng certainly had a few worldly strings on his bow when he set out in the hospitality and gastronomy industry over a decade ago. Now, after converting a Chinatown brothel in Singapore into a swanky boutique hotel, Peng also lays his hat in off-radar neighbourhoods—immediately putting them firmly on the style/culinary map—in Singapore, Shanghai, London and now, Sydney.
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
The architecture of The Old Clare Hotel, as described by the man who shaped it—Tim Greer, Design Director at Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects—is “unpredictable, with a bit of magic and a twist of fantasy. When you walk around the hotel, you will get a sense that the building is dressing and undressing itself all at once. The building plays games with what a hotel should be, some parts are exquisite and other parts are raw. In short, it is a building of mixed emotions. The Old Clare Hotel will appeal to anybody with a sense of adventure, who likes comfort and fabulous food.”