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Sunset Terrace House / a_collective

  • Architects: a_collective
  • Location: Singapore
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of a_collective

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Archifest 2013: "Small Is Beautiful"

The theme of this year's Archifest, located on the tiny nation-island of Singapore, was aptly named indeed: "Small is Beautiful." Organized by the Singapore Institute of Architects, the annual architecture festival includes a host of activities, ranging from architecture tours to urban picnics, and featured a curated selection of several leading local architects.

Namly House / CHANG Architects

©  Albert Lim K.S.
© Albert Lim K.S.
  • Architects: CHANG Architects
  • Location: Namly Place, Singapore
  • Area: 561.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Albert Lim K.S.

©  Albert Lim K.S. ©  Albert Lim K.S. ©  Albert Lim K.S. ©  Albert Lim K.S.

"Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay" Wins the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

The RIBA Lubetkin Prize, awarded annually to the architects of the best new building outside the European Union, was won this year by Wilkinson Eyre and Grant Associates for Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. The prize, which was also awarded to Wilkinson Eyre in 2012 for the Guangzhou International Finance Centre, is now in its 13th year. 

Upon announcing the news, RIBA President Stephen Hodder stated: 

A Simple Brick Interior / Pencil Office

© Pencil Office
© Pencil Office
  • Architects: Pencil Office
  • Location: Singapore
  • Design Architect: Erik G. L’ Heureux AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Area: 143.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pencil Office

© Pencil Office © Pencil Office © Pencil Office © Pencil Office

Stereoscopic House / Pencil Office

  • Architects: Pencil Office
  • Location: Sentosa Island, Singapore
  • Design Firm: Pencil Office
  • Lead Design Consultant: Erik G. L’ Heureux AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Architect Of Record: HK HIA & Associates
  • Area: 708.8 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pencil Office

© Pencil Office © Pencil Office © Pencil Office © Pencil Office

A Simple Factory Building / Pencil Office

  • Architects: Pencil Office
  • Location: Singapore
  • Design Firm: Pencil Office
  • Lead Design Consultant: Erik G. L’ Heureux AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Architect Of Record: Ayra Architects
  • Structural Engineer: HS Engineering Consultants
  • Mechanical Engineer: K L Au Consultants
  • Area: 991.8 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pencil Office

© Pencil Office © Pencil Office © Pencil Office © Pencil Office

Centennial Tree House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

  • Architects: Wallflower Architecture + Design
  • Location: East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449274
  • Design Team: Robin Tan, Cecil Chee, Sean Zheng, Shirley Tan & Eileen Kok
  • Area: 781.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Albert Lim

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

Diamond House / Formwerkz Architects

  • Architects: Formwerkz Architects
  • Location: Singapore
  • Design Team: Alan Tay , Foo Yuet Yee, Cai Xun
  • Structure: Portwood & Associates
  • Builder: Sinwah-Apac Construction Pte Ltd
  • Area: 5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Albert Lim

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

Hong Kong Tops Charts as World's Most Expensive Construction Market

EC Harris’ 2013 International Construction Costs Report has named Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to build in. The annual study, which benchmarks building costs in 47 countries across the globe, found that relative construction costs have been affected by substantial fluctuations in currency throughout the year. Despite a stagnant economy, Europe has six of the top ten most expensive markets in this year’s report, reflecting the competitive challenge faced by the Eurozone. 

The top ten most expensive countries to build in are:

Screen House / K2LD Architects

© Patrick Bingham Hall
© Patrick Bingham Hall
  • Architects: K2LD Architects
  • Location: Singapore
  • Project Team Members: Ko Shiou Hee . Leong Lai Ping . Gan Ren Ying . Joseph Lee
  • Area: 590.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Patrick Bingham Hall

© Patrick Bingham Hall © Patrick Bingham Hall © Patrick Bingham Hall © Patrick Bingham Hall

Bass Ensemble / Hyla Architects

  • Architects: Hyla Architects
  • Location: Singapure, Singapure
  • Main Contractor: 21 Construction Engineering Pte Ltd
  • Structural Engineer: KKC Consultancy Services
  • Area: 377.39 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Derek Swalwell

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

Acoustic Alchemy / hyla architects

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

Archifest 2013: A Festival of Ideas for the City

Taking place September 27 - October 13 at DhobyGhaut Green, Singapore and various satellite venues, Archifest 2013: A Festival of Ideas for the City returns with a brand new theme - Small is Beautiful. Organized by Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), and curated by Shophouse and Co., this annual architecture event will use the city as a laboratory and frame Singapore as an urban ecosystem beyond singular architectural projects. It will explore and celebrate projects, design studios, communities and ideas that might be small by choice and circumstance, but are large in ambition and impact. 

Festival highlights include Archifest Pavilion Design Competition, Archifest Conference, SIA Design Awards Presentation Ceremony, School of Urban Ideas, Architours and Fringe. Early bird registration ends August 31. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

River Safari / DP Architects

© Rory Daniel © Rory Daniel © Rory Daniel © Rory Daniel

The Courtyard House / Formwerkz Architects

  • Architects: Formwerkz Architects
  • Location: Singapore
  • Design Team: Alan Tay, Livina Rahmayanti, Cai Xun, Alicia
  • C&S Engineer: Portwood & Associates
  • M&E Engineer: Elead & Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Salad Dressing
  • Photographs: Albert Lim

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