Previously Published Projects (2009)
     
4Q 2009
Crafting a Private Sanctuary
Many of us dream to escape the hustle and bustle of urban living and the humdrum of daily life, even if just for a moment. It could mean a getaway to that tropical paradise beach island, or to that hideaway cabin in the mountains, or perhaps by simply chilling out in the comfort and privacy of home...
 
 

4Q 2009

Poh Ern Shih

Located off Pasir Panjang Road, at the top of Chwee Chian Hill stands Poh Ern Shih Temple (translated from Mandarin as the “Temple of Thanksgiving”). It was first founded in 1954 by Lee Choon Seng (1888—1966), the first Managing Director of the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) bank who used his personal funds to build the original single-storey temple...
 
 

4Q 2009

Chapel of the Apostles

The brief was to design a compact Catholic spiritual recreational facility, consisting of a historical and educational area (to provide the complete story, history and famous figures of the Catholic Church), a main chapel, and a separate dormitory that could be rented out occasionally...

 
 

4Q 2009

National Art Gallery

Museums and art galleries are places that ‘feed the soul’ by the nature of their programmes; they are spaces where art can be appreciated, and where people are emotionally and intellectually stimulated to feel delight and wonder or provoked into critical thinking and dialogue...

 
 

4Q 2009

Shunde Cultural Centre Phase 1

Covering an area of 806 square kilometres and with a population of 1.05 million, Shunde is situated on the fertile river plain with waterways crisscrossing all over, well known for fish farming and agriculture. Bisected by the new city axis, the cultural centre lies at the northern bank of the central canal...

 
 

4Q 2009

Peraliya Community Health Centre

The project started as a concerted effort by three friends and many supporters to help those affected by the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka. Knowing the country quite well, and feeling shock from the devastation left by the tsunami, two friends and I decided to mount an emergency medical assistance programme in the southern coastal area. The area was well known...

 
 

4Q 2009

National Heart Centre Singapore

Unlike the residential maxim that habitation is summarised by the three immortal words “Location, Location, Location”, the design for the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHC) is summarised by three very different words that, when put together, highlight its importance as a health-caring facility: “Placing People First”. Yet individually, these words can also...


 
 

4Q 2009

S-One Seven A Side Live Soccer

When Tandem Architects 2001 was asked to design a building for indoor soccer fields, the architects reflected on the concept of sports in general and the way they are intrinsically linked to entertainment. The firm then proposed to create a covered but outdoor multifunctional area that could be used for soccer games as well as for other events...

 
 

4Q 2009

Hong Kong YWCA Guesthouse

Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) is known for its social programmes all over the world, in the form of interactive leisure and academic activities based on Christian principles of democracy and brotherhood. As part of the client’s extended programme, the project is a camp targeted at users ranging from tour groups and school field trips to leadership training and corporate/private retreat... 

 
 

3Q 2009

Hamburg House at Shanghai World Expo 2010
The theme of the Expo 2010 in Shanghai is “Better City Better Life”, expressing the need for innovative and sustainable urban development concepts to build liveable cities for the future. As a special feature of this Expo that complements the temporary country pavilions, the Urban Best Practice Area (UBPA) presents diverse and exemplary solutions for sustainable construction and urban development from cities all over the world...

 
 

3Q 2009

Bamboo House in Kuala Lumpur

Located within a gated community near to KL, this sloping site for a detached house was not cut and filled by the original (enlightened) developer who also planted tree belts on common adjacent land—both of which have resulted in playing important roles in the conception of this house...

 
   

3Q 2009

Sime Darby Idea House

With 30 million barrels of oil consumed on a daily basis (Opec, 2008) and the built environment accounting for 33 percent of the world’s carbon emissions (World Green Building Council 2008; US Department of Energy, 2008), it is little surprise that our global society has awoken to the importance of preserving our one world for future generations. Collectively, governments have been instrumental in helping sustain our natural environment...

 
   

3Q 2009

Bird Island Green Homes Competition

“Given that the Asian region is expected to see the biggest population growth over the next few decades, it is a matter of simple practicality that we start looking at sustainable development solutions, such as sustainable architecture to create energy-efficient homes and building,” said Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Land & Development Berhad and Jury Chairman...

 
   

3Q 2009

United Christian College (Kowloon East)

Wanting to provide better facilities for its students and for future development, the United Christian College (Kowloon East) commissioned Ronald Lu and Partners to design an annex extension for the school with the following programmes: dormitory accommodations for up to 80 students, a canteen, a chapel, a gymnasium, a lecture theatre, activity rooms, an outdoor basketball court, an indoor swimming pool and related ancillary facilities, together with a...

 
   

3Q 2009

Green Span

When buildings get old and dilapidated after decades of use, often the easy way out is to tear them down and construct something brand new in their place. But for Atria Green Residences, the developer prefers to turn something old new again, transforming old buildings into carbon-efficient structures while still maintaining their cultural heritage value within the community. They hope that, through a passive design process and adapting...

 
   

3Q 2009

Trafacon Office Building

A building should not only respond to contemporary notions of aesthetics or its functional requirements, but also to its locality such as culture, society and climate. In the context of Jakarta, where the city is prone to frequent flooding, architects need to take this problem into consideration during the design process so that there is appropriate and responsible dialogue between the structures and the environment...

 
   

3Q 2009

Energy Complex

The Energy Complex is considered an important national project as it will be home to the Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT), regarded as the most influential petroleum company in Thailand, The Ministry of Energy (MOEN), Thailand, and other petroleum business companies when it is ready. A design competition was held in 2004 by PTT and the team comprising Energy Complex Group (ECG), Design Concept Co., Ltd., Architects 49 Limited, Thai...

 
   

3Q 2009

one40william

Opposing a common view that a landmark building has to be big or very tall or somewhat extravagant in its design, one40william seeks to become a memorable development by its attention to detail, sensitivity to its surroundings and relating to its users. It is a project where the new built forms not only respond to the particular qualities of the Perth climate but also to the variety of architecture found in the city, and using this diversity to create differing and...

 
   

3Q 2009

City Central Tower 1

City Central Tower 1 (CCT1) is the largest and first 5-Star Green Star and 5-Star NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) commercial development in Australia. Since its completion in February 2007, it has garnered a number of accolades including The Adelaide Prize, 2007 awarded by Adelaide City Council; the National Award for Innovation and Excellence in Office Development, 2008 awarded by The Property Council of Australia...

 
   

3Q 2009

Melbourne Convention Centre Development

Melbourne likes to hold events, exhibitions and conferences. Besides consolidating its reputation as a cultural, sporting, creative and liveable city, they contribute over AUD1 billion to the Victorian economy, employ thousands of people, bring countless delegates and business tourists and, even in difficult economic times, are a significant part of what makes Melbourne tick...

 
   

2Q 2009

Rethinking and Rebuilding Future Eco-Cities for All

The focus of these projects is not so much about designing beautiful physical buildings (such as hotels, cultural centres, apartments or office towers that are often covered in architectural magazines); it is more about building a sustainable city for all. The operative word here is “all”, meaning the inclusion of low income citizens as an inherent reality in rebuilding our eco-cities for the future...

 
   

1Q 2009

Micro in Macro

Scale is a funny thing. A structure can seem larger-than-life or suddenly small when viewed in relation to one’s built environment. Standing solo, a block of steel the size of a shipping container for instance seems dauntingly large but when holes are drilled in as windows and doors, it does not seem so mammoth anymore. And when placed in a public space surrounded by taller, more massive buildings abound, the container seems even smaller...

 
   

1Q 2009

Out of the Box

The national pavilions of participating countries are always a highlight at the world expositions. With a penchant for designing exhibit spaces, Lor Calma & Partners—an architectural and interior design firm in the Philippines—has produced award-winning pavilions...

 
   

1Q 2009

Exterior Motives

As the skin of a building, the various roles of the façade parallel that of its human equivalent. It is essentially the aesthetic cover of the building, its climatic interface with the external environment, and at the most fundamental, the protective envelope for the body of the building. Beyond the skin metaphor, façades also address issues of security and privacy for the occupants, as well as encapsulate within their expression cultural and symbolic...

 

   

1Q 2009

Pod Meeting

Unlike the regular mall or entertainment centre, the new fX Lifestyle X’nter was conceived to combine both business and leisure. This trendy mall, strategically located at the heart of the CBD in Jakarta, seeks to appeal to young working professionals aged 25 to 45. To cater to meetings, the owner’s initial brief was simply to design a food court that comprises some private rooms equipped with projectors and Internet connection. However, the designers...

 
   

1Q 2009

Traditional Details Made Good

Built in the early 1900s, the Neo-classical Sea View Clubhouse has been conserved and painstakingly restored for the enjoyment of the residents at The Sea View condominium. A winning project of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Architectural Heritage Awards 2008 (see sidebar), what stood out was the sensitivity and attention demonstrated by the...
 
   

1Q 2009

Designs Big and Small

New York-based architecture and design practice Tsao & McKown stretches itself geographically, culturally, creatively and philosophically, shifting from big to small designs without losing integrity, cohesion or appeal. Their architecture is “memorable for its humanity, attention to detail and embrace of diversity”. “All design is about issues of living,” McKown...
 
 
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