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BIG and Carlo Ratti Associati Reveal Design for One of Singapore's Tallest Buildings

11:10 - 12 February, 2018
© BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group & VMW
© BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group & VMW

Bjarke Ingels Group and Carlo Ratti Associati have broken ground on 88 Market Street, a new skyscraper at the heart of Singapore's business district. Transforming a site which was previously occupied by a parking structure from the 1980s, the 280-meter-tall building will include plentiful greenery both on its facades and internally. Inside, the building will include offices, 299 serviced residential units, and ancillary retail space.

© BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group + 15

The People’s Chapel / Poiesis Architects

19:00 - 19 January, 2018
The People’s Chapel / Poiesis Architects, © Khoo Guo Jie (Studio Periphery)
© Khoo Guo Jie (Studio Periphery)

© Khoo Guo Jie (Studio Periphery) © Khoo Guo Jie (Studio Periphery) © Khoo Guo Jie (Studio Periphery) © Khoo Guo Jie (Studio Periphery) + 48

Gateway Theatre / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

22:00 - 20 December, 2017
Gateway Theatre / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd, Courtesy of ONG&ONG Pte Ltd
Courtesy of ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

Courtesy of ONG&ONG Pte Ltd Courtesy of ONG&ONG Pte Ltd Courtesy of ONG&ONG Pte Ltd Courtesy of ONG&ONG Pte Ltd + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bukit Merah, Singapore
  • Project Directors

    Ashvinkumar Kantilal, Andrew Lee
  • Area

    4999.4 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Unpacking Paul Rudolph’s Overlooked Architectural Feats in Southeast Asia

09:30 - 20 December, 2017
Intiland Tower. Image © Darren Soh
Intiland Tower. Image © Darren Soh

To speak of Paul Rudolph’s illustrious career is to trace a grand arc stretching from the 1940s to the 1990s. More often than not, the popular narrative begins with his student days at Harvard under the tutelage of Walter Gropius, touches upon his earliest, much-loved Florida beach houses, circles around his eventual break from the rigidity of both the Sarasota School and the International Style, and finally races towards the apex: his chairmanship of the Yale School of Architecture, and the concurrent shift to a Brutalist architectural style characterized by monumental forms, rugged concrete, and interwoven, multilevelled spaces awash with a remarkable interplay of light. Then comes the fall from grace: the beloved Yale Art and Architecture Building went up in flames just as the architecture profession began to question modernist ideals, and eventually Postmodernism was ushered in. Flickering, sputtering, Rudolph's grand narrative arc lurched towards Southeast Asia, bearing away the “martyred saint.” Save for several scattered commissions in the United States, Rudolph spent the last two decades of his life building abroad, mostly across Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Singapore, until his death in 1997.

But of course, time and again, historians have sought to challenge the myth of the failed architect by rereading his understudied work from the late years. Adding to this growing corpus of fresh research and alternate perspectives is architectural photographer Darren Soh’s ongoing project documenting—so far—three of Rudolph’s major works in Southeast Asia: The Colonnade (1986) and The Concourse (1994) in Singapore, and the Intiland Tower (1997) in Surabaya, Indonesia.

The Concourse. Image © Darren Soh The Concourse. Image © Darren Soh The Colonnade. Image © Darren Soh Intiland Tower. Image © Darren Soh + 60

BT-House / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

00:00 - 19 December, 2017
BT-House / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell + 21

PVC Pipes and Umbrellas Come Together in Vibrant Dandelion-esque Dome in Singapore

14:00 - 26 November, 2017
PVC Pipes and Umbrellas Come Together in Vibrant Dandelion-esque Dome in Singapore, © Oddinary Studios
© Oddinary Studios

Dande-lier – a pavilion designed for the Marina Bay waterfront promenade in Singapore uses PVC pipes and translucent umbrellas to form a reciprocal dome – reimagining everyday items as architectural components. The result is an ethereal shelter, referential of the commonly seen umbrella in Singapore and resembling a dandelion from afar. At night the project becomes a chandelier, lit up in an array of colors.

© Oddinary Studios © Oddinary Studios © Oddinary Studios © Oddinary Studios + 14

Extreme Cities: The Densest, Coldest, Remotest, Most Visited (etc) Human Settlements on Earth

09:30 - 14 November, 2017
Hong Kong <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/commpilot23/14557847230/in/photolist-obqLN3-bmhgya-f5PRvs-Ywi6Wt-Ddnv6-mwCc2-8yuA8Z-9ZD4xe-4DEWwn-USUqW-4T7iw4-bmheiZ-Ww639P-qQAyRc-5CoLwz-muzCk-qvpjcM-J1Zej-5JEzcq-aCXkva-qqKc8h-Du5DG5-acdVzo-6tZceg-66KGXt-2FEXcB-Ys6tQS-66Q1gW-EEr2ZR-EVCzQT-93zMWG-EtuFRe-4yCKbQ-VsKGNG-nvHcx-bmhaJ4-7UwsRh-eZuyr-9ZFU3w-7LmemC-4Q4W9Z-JMwVS3-bmh5dg-qeZ1p-91Z9Uc-2u9ZMu-93zNjw-9PXwCD-69YHQB-boTF69'> Khush N </a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/'> CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>
Hong Kong Khush N licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Humans are adaptable animals; we have evolved to adjust to, and survive in, many difficult and extreme conditions. In some cases, these extremes are natural, while in other modern cities extreme living situations are created by us, and we are forced to accept and adjust. Here is a list of extreme settlement conditions: some challenging, some wonderful and all of them offering a fascinating insight into how we occupy the planet in 2017.

See Through House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

02:00 - 28 October, 2017
© Albert Lim KS
© Albert Lim KS

© Albert Lim KS © Albert Lim KS © Albert Lim KS © Albert Lim KS + 31

The Nassim / W Architects

19:00 - 27 October, 2017
The Nassim / W Architects, © Edward Hendricks
© Edward Hendricks

© Edward Hendricks © Edward Hendricks © Edward Hendricks © Edward Hendricks + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    58 Nassim Rd, Singapore
  • Interior Architecture

    Sappori Italia
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Drone Video Shows Off Singapore's Stunning Architectural Sights

16:00 - 16 September, 2017

Diverse, green and dynamic, in this video Singapore is shown through a new kind of lens, one that exists above the city, pans down it, rolls over it and offers a view of its architecture from an alternative angle. André Eckhardt's drone hyperlapse video takes us onto the street, up in the air, and down by the sea as the weather shifts and changes, and as people go about their day to day lives. Using clever speed adjustments, Eckhardt switches between the fast-paced movements of the city up-close and moments of pause as he takes us up over it. Picking out architectural works including the iconic Bayside projects of Moshe Safdie, PARKROYAL on Pickering and the Oasia Hotel by WOHA, the Gardens by the Bay, and the Helix Bridge, Eckhardt brings Singapore's colorful skyline to life.

House at Namly Place / Designshop

19:00 - 7 September, 2017
House at Namly Place / Designshop, © Aaron Pocock
© Aaron Pocock

© Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore, Singapore
  • Lead Architect

    Joy Chew
  • Team

    Samuel Lee, Chew Cher Kiat, Cornelia Wong, Jesselyn Lim, Samuel P Mathew
  • Area

    565.8 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Box House / Ming Architects

19:00 - 14 August, 2017
Box House / Ming Architects, Facade. Image Courtesy of Ming Architects
Facade. Image Courtesy of Ming Architects

Kitchen. Image Courtesy of Ming Architects Staircase. Image Courtesy of Ming Architects Roof Garden. Image Courtesy of Ming Architects Entry. Image Courtesy of Ming Architects + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore, Singapore
  • Lead Architect

    Tan Cher Ming
  • Area

    640.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Safdie Architects’ Changi Airport Will Host World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall

08:00 - 14 June, 2017

The world’s largest indoor waterfall is currently being built in Singapore’s new Jewel Changi Airport extension. Designed by Safdie Architects, the spheroid-shaped dome will be a new luxury lifestyle destination for one of the world’s busiest airports and is a feat of engineering and sustainability. At approximately 134,000 sqm in size, the Jewel offers a range of facilities including airport services, indoor gardens, shopping and leisure attractions – including a canopy park in the upper levels of the dome.The 40m-tall waterfall is designed by water design firm WET, whose commissions include the Bellagio fountains and Burj Khalifa. Dubbed the Rain Vortex, the ambitious cascade will be the centerpiece for the project’s “Forest Valley” urban garden.

Apple Opens its First Flagship Store in Singapore

08:00 - 4 June, 2017
Apple Opens its First Flagship Store in Singapore, Courtesy of Nigel Young l Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Nigel Young l Foster + Partners

On a tree-lined avenue in Singapore, fittingly named Orchard Road, Apple has opened its first Flagship store in the city-state, highlighting its role as a global center for creativity and innovation. Designed by Fosters + Partners, in collaboration with the design team at Apple, the Orchard Road Flagship seeks to create a new social focus by working in tandem with nature, blurring the boundaries between inside and out.

Courtesy of Nigel Young l Foster + Partners Courtesy of Nigel Young l Foster + Partners Courtesy of Nigel Young l Foster + Partners Courtesy of Nigel Young l Foster + Partners + 4

Which Cities Have the Most Skyscrapers?

09:30 - 27 April, 2017
Which Cities Have the Most Skyscrapers?

There’s a lot that the presence of skyscrapers can say about a city. They can be indicators of anything from wealth to modernization to density, or a combination of all three, depending on where you look. This potential to observe trends in a city through the height of its buildings makes data on those buildings valuable to a multitude of industries, so companies like Emporis conduct and distribute research on topics like the newest, tallest, and most expensive buildings in the world. Keep reading to find out about the ten tall cities that are home to the largest number of skyscrapers—as defined by Emporis' definition of a building that is 100 meters or more.

SUTD Professors Bring Parametric Design To Light in Illuminated 3D Printed Installation

16:00 - 15 April, 2017
SUTD Professors Bring Parametric Design To Light in Illuminated 3D Printed Installation, © SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon
© SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon

A luminous tetrahedral mesh spanning 10 meters, (Ultra) Light Network is the latest 3D printed innovation achieved by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Professors Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon, who were also behind this mesh pavilion last year. Displayed at this year’s iLight Marina Bay in Singapore, the interactive light sculpture is an exploration of how full-scale 3D printed components can create a system to “address not only structural requirements but also power transmission, and information communication within a seamless and continuous aesthetic.” 

Suspended over its visitors, the display engages the public through responses to their movements below, controlled by over 50,000 distinct LED pixels and their parent algorithm. This is made possible through five Teensy microcontrollers, working in conjunction with three ultrasonic sensors at the base of the structure, resulting in a lively and illuminating experience. 

© SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon © SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon © SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon © SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon + 18

Soo Chan: “Architecture is About Preserving a Way of Life, Not Simply Introducing a New Formal Language”

09:30 - 5 April, 2017
Soo Chan: “Architecture is About Preserving a Way of Life, Not Simply Introducing a New Formal Language”, Soori Bali, Indonesia, 2005. Image Courtesy of SCDA Architects
Soori Bali, Indonesia, 2005. Image Courtesy of SCDA Architects

By combining such concepts as phenomenology, sustainability and formal exploration, which have become part of a particularly Singaporean conception of architecture, Soo Chan of SCDA Architects occupies an unusual niche within the architecture profession. To complement this wide range of interests, his firm also engages in a wide range of activities, working on architecture, landscape, and interiors projects, and even acting as its own developer on a number of occasions. In this latest interview from Vladimir Belogolovsky's “City of Ideas” column, Chan discusses the early experiences that led to his current understanding of architecture, and how the context of Singapore has affected his designs.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: Was architecture on your mind from an early age? What was it that first attracted you to the discipline?

Soo Chan: I was deeply influenced by the house I grew up in, the Khoo Kongsi compound in Penang, an island off the west coast of Malaysia. Khoo Kongsi was planned around a central communal courtyard where many generations of my extended family lived, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site today. I can still picture the spatial and light qualities of the long and narrow house I grew up in, punctuated with open air wells. I remember the smell of fresh rain coming deep into the house on to the sunken courts, and the pockets of light and darkness in the house.

National Design Centre, Singapore, 2011. Image Courtesy of SCDA Architects SkyTerrace@Dawson, Singapore, 2006. Image Courtesy of SCDA Architects Soori Bali, Indonesia, 2005. Image Courtesy of SCDA Architects SkyTerrace@Dawson, Singapore, 2006. Image Courtesy of SCDA Architects + 49

"Corridors of Diversity": Showcasing the Secret of Singapore's Public Housing Success

09:30 - 15 March, 2017

Singapore’s first Housing and Development Board (HDB) housing blocks were erected in November of 1960, in response to a severe lack of adequate housing for the country's 1.6 million citizens. Fast forward to 2017, and over 80% of the Singaporean population live in HDBs, with over 90% of them owning the home they live in. Often painted in vibrant colors, HDBs have a focus on community social spaces, more often than not maintaining the ground floor of the apartment blocks as open public space, exclusively for public meeting areas. These can include hawker centers, benches, tables, grills and pavilions where residents can socialize under cover from the hot Singaporean sun.

Diversity in Connection. Image © Siyuan Ma Diversity in Common. Image © Siyuan Ma Diversity in Transit. Image © Siyuan Ma Diversity in Beliefs. Image © Siyuan Ma + 11