Bedroom: 4 Bathroom: 5 Built-up Area: 4,200 sq.ft Land Area: 1,800 sq.ft. The subject premises is a 2.5storey colonial pre-war shophouse that has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. It is presently a licensed boutique hotel which comes with a total built-up area of 4,200 sq. ft. comprising four individually decorated suites, each of which are furnished with Peranakan and mid-century art décor furniture from the owner's private collection. Ideally situated on Love Lane in a beautifully refurbished property, all suites have timbre louvered windows which opens either out onto Love Lane or into our indoor courtyard. Selected suites also have a private terrace which looks over the indoor courtyard, which makes it an ideal spot to lounge in the privacy of your own suite. There is an excellent range of shops, bars and restaurants on the street and streets connecting to it i.e. Muntri Street, Chulia Street and Stewart Lane. Love Lane, which is situated within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town, is surrounded by beautifully restored and historical buildings. The property is conveniently located a stone’s throw away from Cheung Fatt Tze Mansion, Little India, Fort Cornwallis, and The Goddess of Mercy temple, allowing you to experience and immerse your senses in olden day living as you connect with the diverse cultures and heritage in the surrounding area. As we are situated in the heart of George Town, you will be able to effortlessly discover the unique heritage of Penang through the architecture, festivities and food – which is ultimately a union of cultural elements from elsewhere in this Malay Archipelago, India and China and Europe. This property was largely built using timbre and furnished with teak furniture. With its therapeutic water features and cosy indoor courtyard, this little oasis in the heart of Georgetown, is the idyllic haven you seek. The dilapidated and abandoned shop-house was acquired in 2011 and the arduous undertaking to restore it began in 2012. Many shop-houses along Love Lane and the surrounding streets have been similarly purchased and restored. However, the owner was careful not to procure a building where a dying traditional trade was still in operation, preferring to allow the living heritage to continue to survive and prolong its existence. For this ambitious restoration process, Studio Verve Architects, a London-based practice, and local contractors with the expertise in the restoration of heritage buildings were engaged. Studio Verve Architects were the most obvious choice in leading this restoration process as their designs are founded on a keen awareness for sustainability and their ability to provide innovative and sustainable solutions that are both delightful and spatially inspiring. The façade has now been beautifully restored to reflect the Southern Chinese Eclectic style reminiscent of the buildings in the late 1800s to early 1900s. As you make your way through the main foyer, elegantly tiled with Peranakan-styled clay tiles, you’re greeted by the ornately carved panels of the 100 year-old refurbished timber screen doorway. Stepping through this doorway, you will find yourself in a little tranquil oasis surrounded by a potpourri of foliage of local and foreign origin which serves as the indoor courtyard garden café. The spacious indoor courtyard is covered by a retractable pergola which protects you from the elements, but allows sunlight to stream through and therefore makes it the ideal area to lounge as you listen to the soothing sounds of the linear pond. The Peranakan influenced Merbau wood staircase against the exposed brick wall at the centre of the courtyard, which branches to the left and right, leads up to the four guest suites. Each suite is individually decorated and furnished with select pieces from the owner’s private collection of Peranakan, mid-century and art deco furniture. Oil paintings portraying Penang street life adorn the walls further evoking a sense of nostalgia of the olden days. Some of the suites have their own private terraces which look out and into the indoor courtyard. These terraces feature century-old ornate cast iron grilles originally from Glasgow which was salvaged from the mansion of The Grand Old Man of Penang – Yap Chor Ee. In an effort to preserve as much of Penang’s cultural heritage as possible, the owner being an advocate of adaptive reuse, has doggedly insisted on using recycled materials in the restoration work. Rest assured no building or living heritage was purposefully destroyed for materials. Throughout the property, you’ll find an array of old fixtures and fittings from the timbre louvered windows, floral glass pulley lamps right down to the old copper light switches which have all been salvaged, carefully restored by hand and given a new lease of life. Experienced craftsmen and artisans were selected in executing this arduous yet essential restoration process. Even the roof tiles are salvaged terra cotta Marseille tiles which first made its way on merchant ships from France to Penang more than a century ago. Inspired by Sali Sasaki, a communication designer who specializes in cities and cultural development, and an advocate for sustainable thinking, the property incorporated the use of salvaged “kampung” or village house timbre as part of the feature walls in the guest suites and other parts of the building. These beautifully rustic “kampung” house timbres in muted blues, greens and yellows, attempts to capture the local essence of a city by turning it into an art form. The owner, who is also committed to the conservation of energy, strongly believes it is one’s social responsibility to foster environmental sustainability thereby enhancing the cultural integrity of the local people. Therefore it was essential to incorporate certain modern provisions to ensure the efficient use of energy and the conservation of water throughout the property. Solar panels have been added in order to harvest the energy of the sun to heat the water used in the building. The linear pond in the indoor courtyard is not only a therapeutic water feature but also acts as a reservoir for harvesting rain water which is then treated and pumped through the building for the dedicated use in flushing of toilets and gardening. Passive daylighting systems run throughout the property to collect and reflect daylight for illuminating the interior. The center pieces are the two internal air wells which allow light and cool air to pass through thereby acting as natural ventilation for the entire building. This charming real estate is not merely a place for one to rest your head, but an architectural monument to sustainable thinking and to the hard fight in the preservation of one’s cultural and historical heritage.
Lim Lean Teng Road, George Town, Penang, Penang,Penang,Georgetown
Lim Lean Teng Road is a road in the Green Lane area of George Lim Lean Teng Road is a road in the Green Lane area of George Town. It is the road that runs from Green Lane to Terengganu Road. Branching off from Lim Lean Teng Road are Han Chiang Road, Dungun Road and Medan Terengganu. Suitable doing office , tuition Center and homestay