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AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London

Following the recent announcement of Aedas' demerger into two separate companies - one retaining the Aedas name and the other now known as AHR - we spoke to Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas' global board and a practicing architect for close to three decades. The company, which was recently ranked by the Architects' Journal as the 5th largest and most influential practice in the world, have now moved their head office to London's Chandos Place and are championing a new approach to urban regeneration in the UK's capital. Alongside discussing how an international practice of Aedas' scale successfully operates, Griffiths offered his insight into how the future looks for European cities based on a tried and tested Asian model of densification.

Singapore SportsHub / DPArchitects

  • Architects: DP Architects
  • Location: Singapore Sports Hub, 397718
  • Master Plan: DP Architects, Arup, AECOM
  • Architecture Sport Venues: Arup Associates, DP Architects
  • Architecture Office, Retail, Leisure : DP Architects
  • Engineering: Arup
  • Landscape: AECOM
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of DP Architects

Courtesy of DP Architects Courtesy of DP Architects Courtesy of DP Architects Courtesy of DP Architects

Faber Avenue / Hyla Architects

  • Architects: Hyla Architects
  • Location: Faber Avenue, Singapore
  • Architect In Charge: Han Loke Kwang, Nirun Thawornngamyingsakul, Nussara Sonsart
  • Area: 415.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

The Extended House / Formwerkz Architects

  • Architects: Formwerkz Architects
  • Location: Singapore
  • Design Team: Alan Tay, Iskandar Idris, Ming Hui, Xue Zhen
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Albert Lim

© Albert Lim © Albert Lim © Albert Lim © Albert Lim

65BTP-HOUSE / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

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AD Round Up: Architecture in Singapore

The Star / Andrew Bromberg of Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas
The Star / Andrew Bromberg of Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas

BCI Asia recently released its top ten awards list for architecture firms in Singapore. In recognition of some of these firms, as well as the excellence of the built work across this sovereign city-state, we’ve collected some of our favorite projects from Singapore. In this round-up you’ll find a mall by Aedas, a house by Ong&Ong, and a theme park attraction by DP Architects - all firms that placed on BCI’s list. No less deserving of attention is this public library by LOOK Architects, a hospital by Broadway Malyan, an art school by WOHA. The Tangga House, Cluny House, and The Golden Box, designed by Neri & Hu, Guz Architects, and K2Ld respectively are also fabulous works. We hope you’ll enjoy these projects, as well as our full list of architecture in Singapore located here.

Heatherwick Studio To Build "Learning Hub" in Singapore

London based Heatherwick Studio have won a competition to design a Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The construction of the Hub, part of a £360 million scheme, will be the first redevelopment of its campus in twenty years. Having already won the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award for Sustainability from the Singaporean Government, the design seeks to redefine the aspiration of a university building. Within this new context the purpose of the university is to "foster togetherness and sociability" so that students can meet and learn in a space that encourages collaboration.

The Star / Andrew Bromberg of Aedas

  • Architects: Andrew Bromberg of Aedas
  • Location: 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore
  • Client: Rock Productions Pte Ltd and CapitaMalls Asia Limited
  • Area: 62000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas

The Screened House / Brewin Design Office

© Darren Soh
© Darren Soh

© Darren Soh © Darren Soh © Darren Soh © Darren Soh

Jalan Mat Jambol / Zarch Collaboratives

  • Architects: Zarch Collaboratives
  • Location: Jalan Mat Jambol, Singapore
  • Project Team: Randy Chan
  • Area: 3700.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Albert Lim

© Albert Lim © Albert Lim © Albert Lim © Albert Lim

Deadline Approaching: Submit Your Interior Design for an INSIDE Award

Do you think your project has what it takes to win an INSIDE award? The deadline (May 30th) is fast approaching, so make sure to submit your projects soon! Divided into 12 categories -- which include Residential, Retail, Transport, Office and more -- entries will be judged by distinguished designers (judges confirmed for 2014 include Fabio Novembre, Matteo Thun, Jaya Ibrahim, David Kohn, Joyce Wang, Voon Wong and Chris Lee). In October, architects and interior designers will meet in Singapore for the INSIDE Festival, which is held alongside the World Architecture Festival. During the festival, the category winners will compete for the ultimate prize: World Interior of the Year. 

Arena House / Prow Architects

  • Architects: Prow Architects
  • Location: Singapore
  • Architect In Charge: Teh Kan Wee Wagen, AIA
  • Design Team: Teh Kan Wee Wagen, Portia Wijatno
  • Area: 373.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Prow Architects

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National Design Centre / SCDA Architects

  • Architects: SCDA Architects
  • Location: National Design Centre, Singapore
  • Architect In Charge: Chan Soo Khian
  • Area: 7900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Aaron Pocock, Courtesy of SCDA Architects

© Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock

National Heart Centre / Broadway Malyan

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Image of Jalan Bukit Ho Swee Wins Sony World Photography Award

This image, by photographer Daniel Chia, of the 1960s Jalan Bukit Ho Swee public housing block has placed third in Singapore for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. It was one of 24 images awarded from a selection of 70,000 entries. You can view all the stunning, award-winning photographs here.  

The Re-wrapped House / a-dlab

  • Architects: a-dlab
  • Location: 67 Jalan Binchang, Singapore 578553
  • Design Team: Warren Liu, Wu Yanling, Anna May Manrique, Najeeb Rahmat
  • Area: 496.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Edward Hendricks

© Edward Hendricks © Edward Hendricks © Edward Hendricks © Edward Hendricks

International Summer Programme: Cities in Asia

Cities in Asia HKG-SHA-SIN is a four-week design and research studio organized by the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture. Taught with daily learning activities by a diverse group of faculty members from the University of Hong Kong, and speakers from internationally renowned universities and independent research groups, this course offers participants a design studio experience within Asia's most vibrant contexts.

Belimbing Avenu / hyla architects

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