3 New Prestigious Projects that are Materialised with RICE tiles
Travel, Food, Tiles

A Beach Villa at Patina Maldives

A luxury island resort, a purpose-built meditation centre, and a familiar Chinese restaurant that’s a family-favourite – these three recent projects demonstrate the diversity of spaces RICE tiles have been a part of. We are honoured to have participated in the design vision for these enchanting works, each a shining example of new-age design and architecture. Find out more about them below.

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands
Designer: Studio MK27
Launched May 2021

We can’t travel at the moment, but the newly launched Patina Maldives resort by local developer Pontiac Land Group certainly gives us plenty of wanderlust. Set in the Fari islands of the Maldives and designed by Brazilian architecture firm Studio MK27, Patina Maldives is a new contemporary representation of luxury. The low architectural forms and permeable layouts of the guest accommodations express deference and sensitivity to their gorgeous ocean vistas. The materials used, such as the stone-inspired tiles of the Panaria Horizon collection on the floor of the beach and water villas, are similarly at ease with the natural beauty of the background. Functionally ideal for its oceanfront spaces, the selected Cloud Nat tiles sport a dark grey hue and gentle streaks, and are cut into strips to bring a sleek streamlined look to this pared down paradise.

Water Villa

Water Villa

Beach Villa

Beach Villa

A bathroom in the Beach Villa

Left: A bedroom in the Beach Villa. Right: Panaria Horizon Cloud Nat tile

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Meditation Center
Designer: Forum Architects
Completed 2020

This new meditation centre on the grounds of the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery at Bright Hill Road couldn’t have come at a better time. Meditation, or the practice of mindfulness, can help people relax, reflect, and cope with the stress caused by the pandemic. To appeal to the wider secular population, architecture firm Forum Architects took a contemporary approach to the design of the structure and its spaces. The reference to traditional Chinese temple architecture is obvious, but subtle. Cladding the building is a dense, yet porous screen of vertical rods in different diameters to emulate a thick bamboo grove. The interplay of light and shadow cast by the rods creates visual density and layering. Internally, a sense of calm and tranquillity permeates the vast high-ceilinged spaces. The Milano Teak Silver timber-inspired tiles are used as flooring for the whole of level three, in the library and restrooms. The tiles’ long woodgrains and silvery-grey hue doesn’t just enhance the space, they also bring natural texture to create a cosy more intimate feel.

The facade of the Meditation Centre

The library

Level three of the Meditation Centre

Milano Teak Silver tile

Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen at Great World City
Designer: Parable Studio
Completed 2021

The Crystal Jade Group of restaurants, stalwarts of the Chinese restaurant scene, is giving the brand a fresh update with the contemporary (re)design of Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen at Great World City. The casual dining restaurant designed by Parable Studio sports a modern yet cosy vibe with light timber surfaces, and brass detailing and light fixtures for a touch of luxury. Controlled doses of graphic pattern keep the look lively and fun, such as the entranceway of Mutina Azulej tiles in Nero Estrela on the floor. The cut-out patterns of the trellis above echo the patterning of the floor. The designers also layered Mutina Tierras tiles in Blush on the front of the cashier’s counter, composing a repeated pattern that becomes a focal point of the space. The nude colour of the tiles ties in perfectly with the light wood surfaces of the surroundings.

Right: Mutina Azulej tile in Nero Estrela

Right: Mutina Tierras tile in Blush

Photo credits: Patina Maldives, Forum Architects, marcusl.net (for Crystal Jade photos)

Find out more about the featured tiles at riceLAB. Visits to riceLAB are strictly by appointment only and limited to two people per group. We encourage guests to make their tile selections online at www.rice-fields.com before coming down to minimise their time spent at riceLAB. Make an appointment by emailing us here or by calling 6692 1199. riceLAB is at 213 Henderson Road 01.03 Singapore 159553. RICE is open from Mondays to Fridays 10am to 7pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.

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hotel design, restaurant design, commercial design, Panaria Horizon, Milano Teak Silver, Mutina Azulej, Mutina Tierras

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