How about meeting in an igloo?

Take away the accommodation offered by a hotel and what do you get? Varied spaces and hospitality - exactly what this 'hotel without beds' aims to offer planners. Following the successful opening of Huone Helsinki in 2012, Huone Singapore - run by CEO Joewin Tan - is its first international outpost. 

The 20,000-sqft space in Clarke Quay spans 11 uniquely-themed meeting rooms equipped with flexible custom-built furniture, high-speed Wi-Fi, AV equipment and writing materials. Of the spaces, the pièce de résistance is the Igloo (1-25 pax), which draws inspiration from an igloo hotel in Finland. The room features ambient lighting mimicking Northern Lights, a relaxed sofa seating and a large private balcony. Over at the Swing room (25-45 pax) modelled after a children's playground, participants are encouraged to free their inhibitations and let their creativity roam free as they lounge on bean bags, in swing-chairs or up on a tree house. Forest (75-150 pax) is one of the largest available rooms and it is stunning. The space is a green oasis with lush foliage-like drapery which makes a great backdrop for presentations or product launches. Other rooms include Sandbox, Cloud, Nest and Cottage, all of which take up to 25; Time and Warehouse, which cater for groups of 25-45; and Theatre, which takes 75-150. 

One of the 11 uniquely-themed meeting rooms on offer at Huone Singapore.
One of the 11 uniquely-themed meeting rooms on offer at Huone Singapore.

To encourage attendees of simultaneously-held events to mingle, Huone Singapore features a communal dining space called 'Makan' (Malay for 'eat'), which can take from 100 to 150 guests. Here, participants can enjoy Peranakan food and Finnish drinks such as gin and tonic from Kyro Distillery. However, it is also possible to have private receptions in the rooms. 

Organising an event is straightforward with EVENTSOME®- a one-stop system to book, design, manage and measure the success of events. Planners can view real-time availability of meeting rooms, confirm dining options and book additional activities like fitness classes and talks. The system also allows hosts to address varying guests' needs by following up on notes in RSVP forms. Post-event, planners can easily derive and share their Return on Meetings (ROM) with higher-ups using the system's in-built event ROI calculator. 

Even if you plan to hold an event here more than once, Huone Singapore's myriad themed meeting rooms ensure that each event will be uniquely different from the next.  

Contact: [email protected]
Floor space: 20,000 sqm
No. of meeting rooms: 11
Other facilities: A communal dining space that can accommodate 100-150 people.

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