The Glass House next to the Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore. Image © Mike Aquino, licensed to About.com.
When you need to add an annex to a historic structure like the Hotel Fort Canning in Singapore (compare rates|buy direct), you rush headlong into a seemingly insoluble dilemma: how do you add to a historical structure without subtracting from its heritage value?
The proprietors of the Hotel Fort Canning took what I call the I.M. Pei solution - don't try to ape the old building, just create something brand new that still works with the rest of the structure. Where I.M. Pei created a glass pyramid in front of the Louvre, the masters of the Hotel Fort Canning created a Glass House.
The Glass House provides Hotel Fort Canning guests with an Asian bistro, gym, spa, and conference facilities to boot - on the outside, the glass structure provides a modern counterpoint to the grand brick and stone pile that is the Hotel Fort Canning.
Both the Glass House and the Hotel Fort Canning are far more interesting on the inside than on the outside. For more about the insides of both structures, read our review of the Hotel Fort Canning.