Architours

By Singapore Institute of Architects, Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects and The Architecture Society (TAS) of National University of Singapore

Featuring an eclectic and carefully curated mix of exquisitely designed houses, public institutions, expansive landscape projects, and religious buildings, join Architours for an exclusive peek into not only spaces, communities, and buildings – but also the architectural strategies that govern and inform their design. Explore the essence of Singapore’s rich urban environment through a guided walk into hidden architectural gems and wonders situated in all corners of Singapore. Discover and learn about the meticulous planning and design processes behind the architecture of these projects from the architects and designers themselves as they walk you through their creations.

To buy tickets, click on the link next to each tour date/ time.  

 

TOUR 1 – 24 Sep Sat | 9.00 am – 2.00 pm | Buy tickets here 

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From left:  Visitor Centre at HortPark (Photo Credit: Tim Griffith), House at Tembeling Road (Photo Credit: RichardHO Architects), Marina Bay Cruise Centre (Photo Credit: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers)

Visitor Centre at HortPark | MKPL Architects

✦ 9th SIA Architectural Design Awards: Honourable Mention

Part of the southern ridges park master plan, a visitor centre housing exhibitions, training and multi-purpose facilities with one small restaurant was to be built as an orientation point. The attribute of the site is its long vista towards the distant ridges- a rare view that signifies the genius loci- a last bastion of un-spoilt greenery in Singapore.

That view and the mature trees around became the point of deliberation for the design concept. The architecture is crafted to be simply a series of columns, like a grove of trees, with an unadorned sandwich green roof, all painted black to contrast and interact with the landscape and trees. The edges of the roof are louvered like that of a tree canopy, with courtyards, punctuating at strategic locations to bring in daylight as well as let the trees emerged in the midst of the architecture.

House at Tembeling Road | RichardHO Architects

The East Coast is not only well-known for its culinary tradition but also for its rich history.  A Peranakan enclave of sorts grew over the centuries along the East Coast/Joo Chiat area and the many extant terrace houses built in the “Peranakan style” attests to this rich history.  Gazetted for conservation in the late 1990s as a “secondary settlement conservation area”, these terrace houses became very popular as homes for those who want to experience the languid lifestyle that epitomizes the East Coast area. Although completed more than ten years ago, this conserved house has managed to retain its charm, albeit with some surprises.

Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore | RSP Architects Planners & Engineers

✦ BCA Green Mark Awards – Gold

The Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore is one of the major developments in the reclaimed Marina South area as part of Singapore’s Downtown Master Plan. The classical proportions and rhythms of the roof and majestic diagonals on its exterior and carefully-selected materials within the terminal combine to create a visual spectacle – ‘animated’ waves projected on the walls – when light passes through the terminal. The terminal’s interior architecture boasts a linear design that acts as a directional guide through the building, subtly ushering passengers to the immigration counters for embarkation and disembarkation, while the versatile open spaces and facilities can be converted to host non-cruise events.

 

TOUR 2 – 24 Sep Sat | 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm | Buy tickets here

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From left:  Open House (Photo Credit: Fabian Ong), BASF Learning Campus (Singapore) (Photo Credit: Coen Design International) 

Reflections at Keppel Bay | DCA Architects in collaboration with Studio Libeskind

Reflections at Keppel Bay occupies a prime waterfront location at the southern coastline of Singapore. The design of this exclusive residential development took into account the tropical context of Singapore as well as local market needs, while also striving for a memorable creative expression in the manner of a cluster of iconic structures set within lush and expansive grounds.

The striking development features six high-rise towers paired up by skybridges, along with landscaping and spacious low-rise villas. The six curved residential towers form a fascinating ensemble with reflective surfaces that emphasize the design’s dynamic qualities. The bridges offer panoramic views of the open sea, Sentosa, and the city. Lush landscaping within the crown-tops completes the iconic look of Reflections.

Every detail and aspect of the design optimises interaction with the sea, the historic Queen’s Dock, and the panoramic views.

Open House | Formwerkz Architects

✦ 16th SIA Architectural Design Awards (shortlist, results to be announced on 29 Sep 2016)

A multi-generation home located at the fringe of a park connector gets full western sun from the front. In dealing with the heat issue, the house is designed to embrace constant natural ventilation. Apart from a solid timber clad façade on the ground floor, the upper level totally opens to the external through a carefully calibrated metal and timber screen to provide some form of security and sun-shading. The bedroom cluster is all deeply set in from the western front and designed to maximize views of the extensive greenery behind.

The house features a 13m long and 1.3m deep pool on the second storey that is perpetually lit via two connected inner atriums. As the inner house is as open as it is externally, there is a constant heightened sense of light, sound, smell and sight that brings about connectivity. Open house allows the family to relive the “kampong spirit”.

BASF Learning Campus (Singapore) | Architect: Forum Architects | Landscape Architect: COEN Design International

✦ URA Architectural Heritage Awards 2015

✦ Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards 2015 – Gold Award

Set within a gazetted tree conservation zone in Rochester Park, the three numbers of conserved black and white colonial bungalows are creatively re-adapted to suit the client’s needs. Each of the bungalow’s is linked subtlety with a series of timber and glass walkways forming an integrated learning campus.  The goal was to create an environment that facilitates the collaborative nature of works and discussion demanded by companies in today’s context.

Apart from facilitating the interactive media infrastructure, ample internal/external, formal/informal pockets of spaces are designed for the participants to use.  An additional insertion of the pavilion serves as a ‘treffpunkt’ for users to engage in their after meeting discussions.  It acts as a vantage point from where the three houses can be viewed.

 

TOUR 3 – 25 Sep Sun | 9.00 am – 2.00 pm | Buy tickets here

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From left: Goodlife! Makan (Photo Credit: DP Architects), House with Bridges (Photo Credit: Albert Lim KS), New Wings at The Asian Civilisations Museum (Photo Credit: GreenhilLi)

Goodlife! Makan | DP Architects

✦ 16th SIA Architectural Design Awards (shortlist, results to be announced on 29 Sep 2016)

Goodlife! Makan is an innovative social initiative created by Montfort Care to support ageing-in-place, built around meaningful pastimes that address the physical and mental wellness of seniors. This cheerfully designed centre is a recreational facility, situated at the void deck of HDB flats in Marine Parade, with a communal kitchen at its nucleus.

The open-plan design explores how the ritual of food preparation and consumption can be a generator of refreshing culinary and social experiences that bring the wider community together. The design transformed the void deck into a social nucleus centred around the communal activity of food at its centre. The design capitalises on its porous setting to create an open and fenceless compound, to reduce social stigma and address the psyche of the stay-alone seniors. The experimental design shifts away from conventional gated or glazed-up elderly activity centre models to create an inviting communal space, seamlessly integrated with surrounding streets and walkways.

House with Bridges | RT+Q Architects

✦ 15th SIA Architectural Design Awards

✦ 3rd SIA-Rigel Bathroom Design Awards 2015

The concept of the house is a response to its complex site and program. A 14-metre cliff-like retaining wall slopes downwards from the rear, rendering one-third of the site unbuildable. In addition, the client requested for personalized living spaces for a family of three generations and a lush garden amidst the retaining walls.

Organising the parti as an L-shape, the house cantilevers over the retaining wall to ensure its structural safety. The uneven terraces of the retaining wall were envisioned as a sloped garden and as viewpoints. Entering through the lower-ground floor, the spaces unfold through a series of double-height spaces and staircases and culminates with three cantilevered platforms playfully reaching out into the landscape, each with a unique experience bringing users closer to the garden. The house invites the landscape to participate in its architecture. Its spaces explore the continual dialogue and symbiosis between the built and natural environment.                                                                                    

New Wings at The Asian Civilisations Museum | GreenhilLi

✦ President’s Design Award 2016 – Design of the Year (shortlisted)

✦ World Architecture Festival 2016 – Culture Category (shortlisted)

The two new extensions at the Asian Civilisations Museum designed by GreenhilLi are a culmination of ideas centred around progressive museum aspirations, stringent heritage requirements and physically challenging sites. The rejuvenation of the museum building is defined by the clarity of architectural expression, and the manipulation of daylight to sculpt building form and illuminate gallery spaces.

This is the first time that purpose-built museum spaces have been commissioned for the museum, befitting aspirations for open unobstructed gallery space, seamless spatial flow integrating old and new, and daylighting. The titanium-clad forms take on different character throughout the day as the surfaces reflect the changing day lit ambience of its surroundings.

 

TOUR 4 – 25 Sep Sun | 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm | Buy tickets here 

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From left: House on Branksome Road (Photo Credit: Sanjay Kewlani), National Gallery (Photo Credit: Fernando Javier Urquijo), TwentyOne Anguilla Park (Photo Credit: Aaron Pocock)

House at Branksome | Aamer Architects

Designed to fit snugly into a tight bungalow plot in the East of Singapore, the project stands out for its austere simplicity and unpretentious timelessness.

Due to flood level planning controls, the first storey has been raised a full floor above the ‘basement’ entrance making the basement perfect for communal and leisure activities like entertainment, gym and spa. Plenty of natural light and ventilation penetrate the whole house through courtyards and skylights. The main materials are off-form concrete, tropical hardwood, and bamboo. The combination of raw concrete and bamboo that forms long dramatic architectural lines also serves the functions of security, privacy and sunshade while the hardwood walls and ceilings in the basement make for good acoustics.

National Gallery Singapore | studioMilou Singapore

✦ President’s Design Awards Singapore 2015

✦ 15th SIA Architectural Design Awards

The National Gallery Singapore transforms two of the country’s most significant monuments, the former Supreme Court and City Hall, into Southeast Asia’s largest visual arts institutions. Mindful of the historic importance of the buildings, the architects created a Gallery at once spectacular and deeply respectful towards the history and integrity of the original structures.

The signature elements of the design – an elegant new roofing structure and monumental basement concourse – unite the monuments both from above and below, mostly leaving the existing structures intact whilst providing great visual and functional simplicity.

The new roof, consisting of a filigree metallic veil gently drapes over and unites the monuments, bathing the interiors in natural filtered light that meld the interface between the historic and new. At the roof level, an extensive garden provides peaceful respite. Beneath the buildings, the concourse, like the roof, unifies and minimises interventions to the historical structures above ground. 

TwentyOne Angullia Park | SCDA Architects

✦ Asia Pacific Property Awards 2015

Designed to reinterpret high-rise urban tropical living, Anguilla Park is a 36-storey tower containing 54 residential units over 35 stories, with two extensive sky terraces providing communal space on the 10th and 22nd floor. Articulated through a pragmatic arrangement of stacked units, the design maximises the spatial quality and quantity of communal greens in a high-rise tower. The introduction of sky terraces precludes the need for communal spaces at the ground level, allowing for generously landscaped arrival spaces.

The void spaces created within the tower facilitate the introduction of natural green features, while the porosity of the overall building form results in spontaneous daylighting and natural ventilation in the apartment units and common areas. This, in turn, reduces the load of energy consumption through mechanical means.

The tower is a stacked prismatic monolith with sky gardens interspersed amidst the stacked volumes

 

TOUR 5 – 1 Oct Sat | 9.00 am – 2.00 pm | Buy tickets here

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From left: House 24 (Photo Credit: Edward Hendricks), Enabling Village (Photo Credit: Edward Hendricks), Oasia Hotel Downtown (Photo Credit: Patrick Bingham-Hall/ K Kopter)

House 24 | Park + Associates

✦ 16th SIA Architectural Design Awards (shortlist, results to be announced on 29 Sep 2016)

House 24 is sited on a triangular plot, a constraint that the architects took on as an opportunity to achieve a meaningful footprint that actualised the client’s spatial and functional requirement. Moreover, the site adjoins a lushly landscaped state land that they endeavoured to take advantage of in every habitable space. As such, the house turns away from the main road, and its living spaces open out to the borrowed mature greenery of its surrounds.

The courtyard screen fronting the street rethinks the conventional entry sequence of residential dwellings, and is an exploration in creating a layered entrance experience – an almost ritual space marking the transition between the public and private. It was also an opportunity to explore what timber craftsmanship might mean in contemporary architecture. It eventually manifested itself as a refined and rhythmic facade, drawing attention to its modern aesthetic and detailing even as a structure over eight metres high.

Enabling Village | WOHA Architects Pte Ltd

The Enabling Village is a demonstration of heartland rejuvenation through adaptive reuse of the old Bukit Merah Vocational Institute / Employment & Employability Institute (e2i) in Redhill. The site was previously fenced-in, inward-looking and did not contribute to the neighbourhood. The Masterplan conceives the Village as a new community heart and opens up the space as a park to connect people with disabilities, residents and public.

The design removes all physical barriers, extends linkages and creates a variety of shared spaces, gardens and amenities, breathing life between and within buildings. A simple robust palette of finishes and motifs was adopted as a kit-of-parts system to stitch together surfaces and spaces of the new and existing.

The porous and accessible nature of the Enabling Village creates an inclusive environment, integrating people with disabilities as equal in the community.

Oasia Hotel Downtown | WOHA Architects Pte Ltd

✦ World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 (shortlist)

A verdant tower of green in the heart of Singapore’s dense Central Business District (CBD), Oasia Hotel Downtown is a prototype of land use intensification for the urban tropics. This tropical “living tower” offers an alternative image to the sleek technology of the genre.

WOHA created a series of different strata of offices, hotel and club rooms, each with its own sky garden. These additional “ground” levels allow generous public areas for recreation and social interaction throughout the high-rise, despite the inner city high-density location.

Landscaping is used extensively as an architectural surface treatment and forms a major part of the development’s material palette both internally and externally, achieving an overall Green Plot Ratio of 1,100%. The tower’s red aluminium mesh cladding is designed as a backdrop that reveals itself in between 21 different species of creepers. Instead of a flat roof, the skyscraper is crowned with a tropical bower; floral, diverse, soft and alive.

 

TOUR 6 – 1 Oct Sat  | 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm | Buy tickets here 

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From left: Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (Photo Credit: CPG Consultants), Al Islah Mosque (Photo Credit: Fabian Ong)

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital | CPG Consultants

✦ 11th SIA Architectural Design Awards

The project brief calls for the construction of a 550-bed replacement hospital to serve the residents of the Northern region of Singapore. The hospital shall have integrated approaches to environmental sustainability, climate control, patient care, disease and disaster management. It is to be a “hassle free” hospital – designed to enhance patient care and staff efficiency and a model of energy efficient design. The ‘hospital for the future’ is to have visually pleasing design that will stand the test of time. Its design features and facades shall be appropriate for local tropical context and the hospital must have built-in flexibility and scalability to address changing needs.

Al-Islah Mosque | Formwerkz Architects

✦ 15th SIA Architectural Design Awards

The architects seek the notion of an ‘Open Mosque’ for this project. As an integral part of the Punggol community, the new mosque aspires to be a model of openness, reflective of contemporary Islamic aspirations in Singapore. The idea of openness extended beyond the formal manifestation of visual porosity, accessibility and climatic openness, to the embracing of different needs within the Muslim community. At the greater community level, in addressing the role of the mosque in promoting religious understanding.

This ambition for the openness posed much challenges in view of the tight site and its proximity to the neighbouring flats. Physical porosity allows visual connection to the neighbourhood and extends its spatial field beyond its boundary but poses the issues of sanctity and threshold expected of a mosque. Climatically, porosity offers much benefit of ventilation and daylighting but presents challenges of protection from the monsoon rain.

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From left: Waterway Point (Photo Credit: Frasers Centrepoint), Charlton 27 (Photo Credit: Masano Kawana)

Waterway Point | RSP Architects Planners & Engineers

✦ BCA Universal Design Mark Awards – Gold Plus

Riding on its strategic location at the heart of the Punggol Waterway, Watertown extends and expands the river promenade by being the river delta, offering 4 terracing levels and 2 atriums of leisure activities catering to the entire spectrum from babies to senior citizens, with multiple range of spaces to be alone or as a group.

The highest terrace spreads out as an amenities platform over the commercial floor plates and is filled with living greens and water bodies, from which rises 11 towers of Sohos, Suites, Sky Patios and Garden Residences, offering a comprehensive selection of living lifestyles befitting and more importantly, contributing to the vibrancy of the town centre.

BONUS SITE : Charlton 27 | A D Lab

✦ BCA Green Mark Awards – Gold

Charlton 27 is a cluster terrace housing project consisting of 11 inter-terraces and 16 corner terraces. The large proportion of corner terraces is achieved by grouping the housing units into sets of three or four in order to maximize the external elevation to allow for better views and increased daylighting into the units.

The designers also explored several other ways to improve the indoor spatial quality of the terrace typology. The basis of the design was to open up the typically “boxed-in” typology of the terrace house by splitting the upper levels of the house and opening up a central atrium to allow air and light to flow through the buildings both horizontally and vertically. All of the bedrooms and living spaces that surround the central atrium at each level bring in light and air into the rooms through the external windows, and have openings into the central atrium, providing cross ventilation into every main living space.

 

TOUR 7 – 2 Oct Sun | 9.00 am – 2.00 pm | Buy tickets here 

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From left: Education Resource Centre (Photo Credit: Albert Lim KS), myVillage (Photo Credit:DP Architects), riceLAB (Photo Credit: Studiogoto)

Education Resource Centre at NUS | W Architects

✦ 12th SIA Architectural Design Awards

The architect set out to design a building for educational research which would give the campus community a central space which is open, interactive, intimately scaled and incorporating some of the original mature fauna found at the site. The programme is spread over 3 levels of fluid, amorphous rings sculpted around the majestic trees preserve in the site, creating an open-sided central courtyard. Rooms are ‘randomly’ distributed on the organic-shaped floor plates. The design created well-appointed break-out/reading/activity areas in between, which are day-lit and well ventilated, with views centred back on the courtyard and opening outwards. One of the key architectural features is a series of 8.5m-tall pigmented fair-faced concrete walls that faces the Town Green. The red concrete walls are especially striking when they are lit up at night and seen through the full-height glass glazing of the auditorium.

myVillage | DP Architects

✦ Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards 2015 – Silver Award

myVillage placed utmost importance on the concept of a liveable building. It was conceptualised as a welcoming garden courtyard that the neighbouring residents could ‘come home’ to. Sitting on the grounds where Paramount Theatre once stood, the architectural strategy was to use natural elements at every level of the mall to create a recreational haven and evoke homely sentiments. An immersive garden experience was designed with the intention of providing the residents with a cosy retail environment: there is a sunken courtyard in the basement; an open backyard on the first storey; a sky terrace on the second storey; and a spacious garden on the rooftop.

riceLAB | Studiogoto

✦15th SIA Architectural Design Awards: Honourable Mention

riceLAB is a vision that attempts to create a whole new experience of a tile showroom, to see a showroom as not merely a place for material selection, but a place to spark off design thoughts and experiment ideas. But it is not enough to just show the materials. There is a need to demonstrate, re-educate and convince others that the new tile is more than just a tile, a surface material. There are indeed many possibilities to explore using them. Hence a lot of craft, sensitivity and detailing were emphasised in riceLAB to convey the materiality and proportion, to create 3-dimensionality to convey moods and redefine perceptions.       

 

TOUR 8 – 2 Oct Sun | 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm | Buy tickets here 

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From left: House at Frankel Avenue (Photo Credit: LAUD Architects), Grace Assembly of God (Photo Credit: Melvin H J Tan), Extension of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (Photo Credit: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd)

House at Frankel Avenue | LAUD Architects

House at Frankel Avenue is a detached house nestled within the Frankel estate. The house was simple in its approach – to produce a design that fulfill not just the basic functional requirements but by doing so with a simple enclosure filled with purposeful details.  The house was conceptualized as a singular concrete pitch roof form and allowing this concrete roof to extend on its sides as the basic enclosure. The concrete is formed with a pinewood formwork, imparting a textured richness to the surface.

The front of the house is dematerialized with a system of steel rods drilled through lava rocks. This “skewers” form a simple pattern, upon which a layer of green creepers have been encouraged to grow.

There was much focus placed into the design of every detail in the house, and House at Frankel Avenue is a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

Grace Assembly of God | LAUD Architects

Grace Assembly of God was envisioned as a metropolitan church in the heart of the city, drawing people from all around the island. The idea of a central atrium was conceived as the hub of the church that draws people from the street, through a gently sweeping main staircase, through which all worshippers traverse through before entering the worship halls.

Inspiration was drawn from Petra, the ancient archaeological site in Jordan.  A pair of high volume double curved stone cladded walls rising up high, allowing shafts of light into the space to create evoke a sense of awe of God.  Names of God were inscribed on the stone walls to further accentuate this experience as the worshippers’ traverse in and through the building. Just like the old renaissance churches, where the play of light and volume serves to remind the worshippers of God’s presence, this same strategy was brought forward and reinterpreted in the atrium before one enters into the worship halls.

The atrium also serves functionally as a gathering space, where multiple platforms are created for gatherings of different scale and formality. It becomes the nexus of the church community where people of varying communities come to meet and interact.

The clear facade on the two side of the atrium allows calming views of lush landscaping while allowing those from the main road to see the activities of the church. This allows for more interplay between the church and the city.

Extension of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve | Architect: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd | Landscape Architect: Atelier Dreiseitl Asia

The redevelopment of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Park, the latter previously known as the Kranji Nature Trail, is anchored by the new Visitor Centre at Kranji Way and the Research & Education Centre. The new Visitor Centre has been transformed into a lifestyle hub of multi-level discoveries on the infinite wonders of wetland nature, while the Research & Education Centre serves to accommodate didactic activities on the importance of mangrove habitat knowledge and conservation.
Environmentally-conscious designs are used to seamlessly facilitate the interaction between humans and wildlife in this new extension at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Connected between these anchor developments are serene trails weaving between existing natural wetland, intertidal mangrove river and the North West coastline. Five observation pods, each shaped in the form of a shell, allow visitors to have an unobstructed view of mangrove life without disturbing the wildlife.

 

TOUR 9 – 8 Oct Sat | AM TOUR | 9.00 am – 2.00 pm | Register here

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SPCA (Photo Credit: Lee Zhijie), House at Holland Park (Photo Credit: Fernando Javier Urquijo), Skyville @ Dawson (Photo Credit: Patrick Bingham-Hall)

Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA) | RichardHO Architects

✦ 16th SIA Architectural Design Awards (shortlisted, results to be announced on 29 Sep 2016)

Returning to the fundamentals of architecture – the geometry of space; the design proposal begins with hexagonal pods that the architects conceived as clusters of kennels, forming the three main animal enclosures – Holding Area, Quarantine Area and Adoption Centre.

Designed for natural daylight and ventilation, each enclosure houses the animals and staff in a protected environment. Yet from inside, the multi-faceted and porous plan accentuates the sense of connection to the surrounding landscape, constantly reminding visitors of the buildings’ and animals’ co-existence with nature. To facilitate natural daylight and ventilation, the architects designed a prefabricated ventilation block wall that will let in light and ventilation but not the rain

The design of this animal shelter seeks to demonstrate that architecture in its essence requires clarity in spatial and formal articulation. Design solutions that are inspired and appropriate are not derived ’out of the box’, instead they require a deep understanding of the context and purpose.

House at Holland Park | studioMilou Singapore

✦ World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 (shortlist)

The design centres around the creation of an intimate yet expansive garden sanctuary, holding layers of living spaces and prioritizing elegant meditative environments. Characterized by fluidity and a fusion between exterior and interior spaces, the project conveys a deep respect for historical elements and a harmonious relationship with the wider natural and human context.

Views traverse and link one space to another, the main residence and the conservation house. Large glass windows frame the abundant foliage, offering a warm palette of rich greens beside the stone and polished Burmese teak of floors and walls. From the landscaped roof of the new building are tree-top views of surrounding houses, and in turn, neighbours enjoy views of Holland Park’s verdure, which discreetly contains the monumental nature of the design.      

SkyVille @ Dawson | WOHA

✦ BCA Universal Design Mark Platinum

SkyVille @ Dawson is a public housing project commissioned by the Housing and Development Board of Singapore. Three main themes – community, variety and sustainability – form the basis of WOHA’s design. Each home is designed to be part of a Sky Village comprising 80 homes that share a naturally-ventilated community terrace and garden. Every tower is composed of 4 vertically stacked Sky Villages across 3 interconnected blocks (total 12 villages, 960 homes). Other communal areas include an Urban Plaza comprising a supermarket, coffee shop and retail spaces, Community Living Rooms at ground level and pavilions designed around a 150m long bioswale. The Rooftop Park incorporates a 400m jogging track and pavilions that support a PV array that powers common lighting.

 

TOUR 10 – 8 Oct Sat | 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm | Buy tickets here

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From left:  Ramp House (Photo Credit: Fabian Ong), Gateway Theatre (Photo Credit: Ong & Ong Pte Ltd), Westgate (Photo Credit: COEN Design International)

Ramp House | Formwerkz Architects

✦ 16th SIA Architectural Design Awards (shortlist, results to be announced on 29 Sep 2016)

Wanting his two daughters to have a lot of external space to run around like he did as a child, the answer he sought was clear. A bungalow it shall be and the idea of a ramp that would increase the amount of ‘running track’ for his daughters became the driving force in design. Wrapping around three facades, the ramps functions as both sun-shade and rain shield, allowing windows to be fully opened during downpours. Vertical sliding windows was introduced extensively to allow ventilation concurrently at low and high heights. The lower part of the ramp made of porous crate allows for light and ventilation into the basement. The higher ramps with glass strips at the side act as sky light to illuminate the spaces below. This house though modern is designed for the tropics. The ramp forms an outer “skin” to mitigate weather, regulate privacy and support natural ventilation.

Gateway Theatre | Ong & Ong Pte Ltd

Completed in July 2016, Gateway Theatre will open its doors to host multiple performing arts programmes into a 1,500 square metre plot over nine storeys. The two main venues: the Auditorium and Black Box have a capacity of 938 and 253 respectively.
Occupying a corner plot, the distinctive architectural facade/portal is punctuated with overlapping green terraces that cascade from upper levels to the ground level. The overall impression of green terraces serves as a welcoming gesture to passerby and the community at large.
The Gateway Theatre’s vision is to be a theatrical beacon to the community; and a rising star of the arts and entertainment. The theatre will allow budding artistes an alternative and affordable space to train, perform and showcase their talents and productions to the highest standards.

 

Westgate | Architect: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers | Landscape Architect: COEN Design International

✦ Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards 2015 – Gold Award

Westgate is a stunning lush architectural centrepiece, with its 1,350 square metre of verdant vertical greenery. The Vertical Greenery serves as a visual nature respite for commuters passing by Jurong East MRT Interchange. The Westgate Mall is not just green on the outside, but it is also green on the inside. The natural greens have also been brought indoors. Shoppers can wander through the naturally ventilated garden courtyards ad its delightful whimsical sculptures and colourful water fountains.            

 

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