How Heatherwick Studio Provides Small-Scale Encounters in a Large-Scale World

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A casual observer might be forgiven for wondering how Thomas Heatherwick has developed such a reputation among architects. A scan of the works of Heatherwick Studio reveals relatively few completed buildings, and many of those that do make the list are small projects: kiosks, retail interiors, cafés. Indeed, to the average Londoner he is probably better known as the designer of the new homage to the iconic red Routemaster bus and as the creator of the wildly popular cauldron for the London 2012 Olympics - both unveiled in a year in which Heatherwick all but officially became the state-approved designer of 21st century Britain.

A look at the website of Heatherwick Studio sheds some light on this conundrum. With projects separated into “small,” “medium” and “large,” it is clear that a progression in scale is mirrored by a progression in time, with many of the smallest projects completed in the Studio’s early years, and most of those in the “large” category either recently completed or (more frequently) still on the drawing board. Their most recently completed project is also one of their largest, a “Learning Hub” for Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. How does a design studio that made its name in small projects adapt to such scale? ArchDaily spoke to about the Learning Hub and the increasing size of his projects to find out.

Chiltern House / WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design

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Architects: WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
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Area: 493.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aaron Pocock

Call For Entries: World Architecture Festival 2015

WAF 2015: Suntec Singapore Convention Centre, Singapore

Now in its eighth year, the forthcoming 2015 World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF) will take place in Suntec in central Singapore following three days of intensive live presentations and judging. Following a $180 million modernisation programme, the redesigned space will host WAF’s soundproofed crit rooms, auditorium and Festival Hall Stage. Entries are now invited from architects and designers for the 2015 edition of what is described as “the biggest architectural awards programme in the world.” The awards are expected to attract more than 750 entries, around half of which will be shortlisted into thirty categories. The closing date for entries is the end of May, and shortlisting will take place in early June.

This year’s ‘superjurors’ include Royal Gold Medallist Sir Peter Cook (UK), Sou Fujimoto (Japan), Benedetta Tagliabue (Spain), Charles Jencks (UK/US), Kerry Hill (Singapore) and Manuelle Gautrand (France).

59BTP-House / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

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Architects: ONG&ONG Pte Ltd
Location:
Project Directors: Singapore
Year: 2014
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Learning Hub / Heatherwick Studio

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Architects: Heatherwick Studio
Location: Nanyang Technological University, 639798
Area: 14000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Hufton and Crow

Architects’ Propose Flexible Art Pavilion for Singapore

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This active multi-use pavilion by Bence Pap and Parsa Khalili took second prize in the OUE Artling ArchiPavilion Design Competition in Singapore. Designed around the principles of continuity and flexibility, the Artling Pavilion provides an adaptable space that accommodates evolving programs and ensures constant adherence to the occupants’ needs.

CREATE / Perkins+Will

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Architects: Perkins+Will
Location:
Area: 700000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tim Griffith

CREATE – Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise / Perkins+Will

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Architects: Perkins+Will
Location:
Area: 700000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Stephen Riady Centre / DP Architects

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Architects: DP Architects
Location: 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, National University of , 119077
Project Team Members: Chin Thoe Chong, Hoo Chuen Piew, Goh Soh Mui, Emmanuel Sabido, Ramir Poyaoan, Hanafi Kasnan, Alexis Chan, Ahmad Iskandar, , Hamish Winstanley, Jeffrey Hans, Salazar Miranda, Rizal Hamdani, Randy Setiadinata, Yap Woon Hwee, Wendy Tan, John Tan, Theresia Widyasari, Monica Boenawan, Yap Shiow Hwa, Jael Tutay, Desera Puti, Asep Ajabar, Cheryl Koh, Carlito Sosito, Bonifacio Dela Cruz, Huang Jiahui, Jayson Manalo, Raymond Ong
Area: 23880.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Tey, Rory Daniel

Submit Your Best Projects for WAF 2015

The search for the winning projects for the 2015 World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards has already begun and now is the time to submit your best projects for consideration. WAF is the world’s largest architectural festival and awards event, annually recognizing exceptional architecture projects from around the globe.

Projects are considered across 30 categories and every entry will be listed on WAF’s global architecture archive, worldbuildingsdirectory.com. If selected as a finalist, you will be invited to the WAF festival in November at Singapore’s Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre to present your project in front of the WAF jury, which includes Sir Peter Cook, Sou FujimotoBenedetta TagliabueCharles Jencks, and Manuelle Gautrand.

This year WAF will be held from November 4-6. The festival features three days of  conferences, exhibitions and lectures, during which the awards ceremony will take place. Last year’s theme was “Architects and the City” and featured Rocco Yim and Moshe Safdie as keynote speakers. 

Eng Kong Garden / HYLA Architects

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Architects: HYLA Architects
Location: Eng Kong Garden,
Principal Architect: Mr. Han Loke Kwang
Assistant Architects: Tiffany Ow
Area: 357.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Faber Terrace / HYLA Architects

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Architects: HYLA Architects
Location:
Principal Architect: Mr. Han Loke Kwang
Assistant Architects: Domenic Daniel, Charissa Chan
Area: 374.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Greenbank Park / HYLA Architects

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Architects: HYLA Architects
Location: Greenbank Park,
Principal Architect: Mr. Han Loke Kwang
Assistant Architects: Yuzhe, Nicholas Gomes
Area: 520.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Primrose Avenue / HYLA Architects

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Architects: HYLA Architects
Location: Primrose Avenue,
Principal Architect: Han Loke Kwang
Assistant Architects: Quek Li-En, Watinee Roajduang
Area: 334.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Group8asia Nears Completion on “Verdant Urban Oasis” in Singapore

Current Construction Aerial. Image © Darren Soh

Group8asia is nearing completion on a first-prize winning proposal that is meant to revive the concept of public housing in Singapore. The Punggol Waterway Terraces, so named for the river on which they’re set, will be a sustainable community that aims to echo the utopic exuberance of ’s first housing developments in the 1970s. Arranged around central courtyards, these high-rise apartments hope to create a sleek, graceful skyline that contrasts with the verdant greenery of their landscape.

Jardin / DP Architects

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Architects: DP Architects
Location: Ridgewood Condominium,
Project Team Members: Seah Chee Huang, Yeong Weng Fai, Eric Yau, Nur Alina Bte Mohamed Ali, Ng Ting Yu, Lim Foong Ting
Area: 17940.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of DP Architects

Sunray / DP Architects

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Architects: DP Architects
Location: Sungei Kadut,
Design Team: Angelene Chan, Yong Hock Seng, Doan Quang Hiep, Claudia Nam, Widari Bahrin, Arjun Rosha, Alvin Arre, Syahirah Abbas
Area: 16800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of DP Architects

New Administration Building at Institute of Mental Health / LOOK Architects

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Architects: LOOK Architects
Location: Buangkok View,
Area: 5533.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of LOOK Architects Mr Choo Meng Foo