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WOHA's Singapore Design Orchard Nears Completion

04:00 - 17 January, 2019
WOHA's Singapore Design Orchard Nears Completion, Courtesy of WOHA
Courtesy of WOHA

Singapore’s creative community will soon be thriving as one of the city's buzziest projects, Design Orchard, nears completion. Designed by Singapore-based architecture firm WOHA, the 2350 sqm green project has been under construction since early 2018, and will officially be open to the public on the 30th of January, 2019.

Located on Orchard Road, the city’s most iconic shopping avenue, the project's publicly accessible sloped rooftop park will incorporate multiple services and public areas, accentuating the design and providing up-and-coming designers with a space to create, produce, and exhibit.

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World Architecture Festival Winner Shares Their Experience of the Event

12:00 - 29 December, 2018
World Architecture Festival Winner Shares Their Experience of the Event, Darren Soh. ImageKampung Admiralty / WOHA
Darren Soh. ImageKampung Admiralty / WOHA

A month after the event, the various nominees of 2018's World Architecture Festival have returned to their home cities, leaving the fanfare of the year's event in Amsterdam as a memory. But that's not to say it's not left a lasting impact.

Life On High: the Renaissance of Rooftop Spaces is Here to Stay

07:30 - 18 December, 2018
Life On High: the Renaissance of Rooftop Spaces is Here to Stay

Though seemingly opposite environments, cities are a lot like rainforests. At ground level, the world is dank, dark, and full of predators. Inhabitants seeking fresh air, sunshine, and privacy have only one direction to go: up.

So in the urban jungle, it’s only natural to build a “canopy” in the form of rooftop architecture. The popularity of rooftop amenities across residential, commercial, hospitality, and even health-care projects shows that’s exactly what’s happening.

Life On High: the Renaissance of Rooftop Spaces is Here to Stay © Michael Moran Life On High: the Renaissance of Rooftop Spaces is Here to Stay Life On High: the Renaissance of Rooftop Spaces is Here to Stay + 10

WOHA's Kampung Admiralty Singapore Named 2018 Building of the Year at World Architecture Festival

07:00 - 1 December, 2018
WOHA's Kampung Admiralty Singapore Named 2018 Building of the Year at World Architecture Festival, WOHA - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, Singapore . Image © Darren Soh
WOHA - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, Singapore . Image © Darren Soh

WOHA's Kampung Admiralty Singapore in Singapore has been named the 2018 World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival, concluding this year's three-day event in Amsterdam. The building, which combines dedicated senior-housing facilities with a broad mixed-use program and a lush green roof, was selected from a strikingly broad shortlist that included works from offices such as Sanjay Puri Architects, Koffi & Diabate Architectes, Heatherwick Studio, Spheron Architects, and INNOCAD.

WOHA - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, Singapore . Image © Darren Soh Courtesy of World Architecture Festival / WOHA. ImageWOHA - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, Singapore Courtesy of World Architecture Festival / WOHA. ImageWOHA - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, Singapore Courtesy of World Architecture Festival / WOHA. ImageWOHA - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, Singapore + 16

Greenery Engulfs WOHA's Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore in New Photographs

08:00 - 4 September, 2018
Greenery Engulfs WOHA's Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore in New Photographs, © Infinitude via AGROB BUCHTAL
© Infinitude via AGROB BUCHTAL

New photographs released by ceramics manufacturer AGROB-BUCHTAL show nature beginning to claim the Oasia Hotel Downtown in Singapore. WOHA Architects’ 30-story scheme was designed to be a “verdant tower of green” in the heart of the city’s financial district.

The tower’s red aluminum mesh cladding has begun to sprout a lush landscaping, consisting of 21 different species of creepers. The colorful flowers and green leaves provide food for birds and insects, while the reaction of the creepers to different light, wind, and shade conditions come together to form a natural mosaic.

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WOHA's First Office Skyscraper in China Tops Out in Shenzhen

12:00 - 13 June, 2018
Courtesy of WOHA
Courtesy of WOHA

WOHA has released an update of their first office skyscraper for China, as their Vanke Yun City scheme tops out in Shenzhen. Manifesting as three tower blocks attached to a central T-shaped core, the scheme seeks to present “an alternative office tower typology that responds to the sub-tropical climate in Shenzhen.”

Set against the backdrop of ubiquitous post-modernist skyscrapers, the 1.6 million-square-foot (150,000 square-meter) scheme aims to “radically transform the soulless skyscraper into a highly liveable, humane, and sustainable micro-vertical city.”

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Huaku Sky Garden / WOHA

19:00 - 24 January, 2018
Huaku Sky Garden / WOHA, © Patrick Bingham-Hall
© Patrick Bingham-Hall

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  • Architects

  • Location

    8 Tianmu East Rd, Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Wong Mun Summ. Richard Hassell. Chee Siew Choo, See Jian Fa, Goh Muk Hsiung, Wu Kansheng, Lin Liping, Shaad Hassan Zaidi, Yang Han, Lau Wan Nie
  • Local Architect

    C.C. Jen Architects and Associates
  • Area

    47132.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

What can Latin America Learn From WOHA's Green Skyscrapers?

16:00 - 22 April, 2017

WOHA's first exhibition in Latin America, Garden City Mega City: WOHA's Urban Ecosystems presents over two decades of WOHA's international designs. With its inauguration at the Museum of the City of Mexico during the MEXTRÓPOLI International Festival of Architecture and City, the exhibition proposes the introduction of biodiversity and lively public spaces into vertical, climate-sensitive highrises within megalopolises.

The exhibition features sixteen intricate architectural models, an immersive video installation and large-scale drawings and images that show WOHA's proposals for vertical communities in the tropical megacities. PLANE-SITE documented the exhibition's opening along with the points of view of various MEXTRÓPOLI contributors and city officials.

WOHA On Why High-Density Living Doesn't Mean Sacrificing Nice Things

14:00 - 3 April, 2017

As part of the MEXTRÓPOLI festival in Mexico City early last month, Singapore-based firm WOHA debuted their first exhibition in the Latin America, GARDEN CITY MEGA CITY. WOHA's architecture introduces biodiversity into public spaces, turning high-rise courtyards and hallways into teeming community assets. In this exhibition, the architects show how their work has addressed both climate change and the social challenges that occur as a result of rapid (upward) urban development.

Real Takes on Real(ly Successful) Housing Experiments

09:30 - 13 December, 2016
Real Takes on Real(ly Successful) Housing Experiments

The challenges associated with the provision of adequate and affordable housing around the world demand that architects respond with original solutions that challenge traditional building forms, typologies and methods of delivery.

In recognition of this demand, last month’s World Architecture Festival in Berlin chose housing as its thematic focus. The festival made headlines with Patrik Schumacher’s inflammatory keynote speech that called for cities to be turned over entirely to market forces, scrapping social housing and privatizing all public space. The controversy that followed belied the diversity of the discourse on housing at the Festival and the presentation of innovative architectural responses to housing challenges.

Interview with WOHA: “The Only Way to Preserve Nature is to Integrate it into Our Built Environment”

10:30 - 25 November, 2016
Interview with WOHA: “The Only Way to Preserve Nature is to Integrate it into Our Built Environment”, PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore. Image © Patrick Bingham Hall
PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore. Image © Patrick Bingham Hall

Driven by the hyper-density of the city-state from which they operate, WOHA have emerged as Singapore's quintessential architects. Combining a locally-specific approach to climate control and spatial planning with an international approach to form and materials, their work holds lessons that can be instructive to architects in all climates. In this interview, the latest in his “City of Ideas” column, Vladimir Belogolovsky speaks to WOHA founders Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell about their environmental approach and the future of our global cities.

Newton Suites, Singapore. Image © Patrick Bingham Hall SkyVille@Dawson, Singapore. Image © Patrick Bingham Hall SkyVille@Dawson, Singapore. Image © Patrick Bingham Hall Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore. Image © Patrick Bingham Hall + 24

WOHA Unveils “Fragments of an Urban Future” for the 2016 Venice Biennale

06:00 - 12 May, 2016
WOHA Unveils “Fragments of an Urban Future” for the 2016 Venice Biennale, PARKROYAL on Pickering. Image Courtesy of WOHA Architects
PARKROYAL on Pickering. Image Courtesy of WOHA Architects

Singapore-based WOHA’s “Fragments of an Urban Future” will be on display at the 2016 Venice Biennale, addressing some of the critical issues that megacities face today -- “unprecedented urbanization, accelerating climate change and the need for preservation of tropical biodiversity.” Part of the Global Art Affairs Foundation’s collateral exhibition, “TIME SPACE EXISTENCE,” WOHA’s contribution will be housed in the Palazzo Bembo.

Exhibition: Garden City Mega City: WOHA Rethinks Cities for the Age of Global Warming

18:00 - 28 April, 2016
Exhibition: Garden City Mega City: WOHA Rethinks Cities for the Age of Global Warming, © Christian Erroi
© Christian Erroi

From commercial mixed-use to hospitality and social housing, Singapore- based WOHA reinterprets the skyscraper as a prototype for hyper-dense, green urban living. Their first major exhibition in the United States, GARDEN CITY MEGA CITY, opens March 23rd, 2016 at The Skyscraper Museum, and unveils twelve of their most recent vertical ecosystems.

Featuring architectural models, videos and renderings, the show contextualizes the firm’s towering endeavors as a stunning contribution to skyscraper design and a radical response to the Asian megacity. WOHA’s projects—in China, Bangkok, and Singapore, among others—address issues such as rampant population growth, preservation of tropical biodiversity, and the desire for

World Photo Day: Patrick Bingham-Hall by Richard Hassell

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Patrick Bingham-Hall by Richard Hassell, School of the Arts / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall
School of the Arts / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Richard Hassell of WOHA writes on behalf of Patrick Bingham-Hall.

48 North Canal Road / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall Nest House / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall Intercontinental Sanya Resort / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall + 5

AD Round Up: Architecture in Singapore

00:00 - 22 June, 2014
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.

Update: WOHA’s ‘Breathing Architecture’ Exhibition

00:00 - 21 March, 2013
Update: WOHA’s ‘Breathing Architecture’ Exhibition, Courtesy of WOHA
Courtesy of WOHA

As an update to last year's post on WOHA's 'Breathing Architecture' exhibition, their work has seen great success in Frankfurt and Taichung. Now on its last leg, it will travel to Taipei and be on display from March 22-May 10 at the "Mobile Museum - SEED project". Reminding us of bold visions of the future, in which plants reclaim nature for themselves, the architects realize the permeation of buildings and landscape, and of interiors and exteriors in projects. WOHA’s tropical architecture is permeable, leafy and interspersed with community spaces, which truly capture the essence of how architecture is breathing. For more information, please visit here. More images can be viewed after the break.

'Breathing Architecture' Exhibition / WOHA

23:00 - 8 July, 2012
Courtesy of WOHA
Courtesy of WOHA

WOHA‘s traveling exhibition, ‘Breathing Architecture’, is on its way to Taichung, Taiwan after a successful run at the acclaimed Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt. Taking place at the Taichung Info-Box July 26-September 23, the exhibition features concepts of open structures which embrace aspects of community and permeability of form in response to climate and nature.

SkyVille @ Dawson / WOHA

04:00 - 13 March, 2012
Courtesy of WOHA
Courtesy of WOHA

Commissioned by the Housing and Development Board as an exploration of the future of affordable public housing, WOHA‘s public housing design for Skyville @ Dawson consists of 960 homes in Singapore. As a response to the enthusiasm received by the public, their project is currently under construction and is estimated to be completed February 2015. The design focuses on 3 themes – community, variety and sustainability. More images and architects’ description after the break.