ARCHITOURS 2016 | TOUR 5 | 1 Oct | AM


Featuring an eclectic and carefully curated mix of exquisitely designed houses, public institutions, expansive landscape projects, and religious buildings, join Architours for an exclusive peek into not only spaces, communities, and buildings – but also the architectural strategies that govern and inform their design.

Explore the essence of Singapore’s rich urban environment through a guided walk into hidden architectural gems and wonders situated in all corners of Singapore. Discover and learn about the meticulous planning and design processes behind the architecture of these projects from the architects and designers themselves as they walk you through their creations.


House 24 | Park + Associates

16th SIA Architectural Design Awards (shortlist, results to be announced on 29 Sep 2016)

(Photo Credit: Edward Hendricks)

House 24 is sited on a triangular plot, a constraint that the architects took on as an opportunity to achieve a meaningful footprint that actualised the client’s spatial and functional requirement. Moreover, the site adjoins a lushly landscaped state land that they endeavoured to take advantage of in every habitable space. As such, the house turns away from the main road, and its living spaces open out to the borrowed mature greenery of its surrounds.

The courtyard screen fronting the street rethinks the conventional entry sequence of residential dwellings, and is an exploration in creating a layered entrance experience - an almost ritual space marking the transition between the public and private. It was also an opportunity to explore what timber craftsmanship might mean in contemporary architecture. It eventually manifested itself as a refined and rhythmic facade, drawing attention to its modern aesthetic and detailing even as a structure over eight metres high.

Enabling Village | WOHA Architects Pte Ltd

(Photo Credit: Patrick Bingham-Hall)

The Enabling Village is a demonstration of heartland rejuvenation through adaptive reuse of the old Bukit Merah Vocational Institute / Employment & Employability Institute (e2i) in Redhill. The site was previously fenced-in, inward-looking and did not contribute to the neighbourhood. The Masterplan conceives the Village as a new community heart and opens up the space as a park to connect people with disabilities, residents and public.

The design removes all physical barriers, extends linkages and creates a variety of shared spaces, gardens and amenities, breathing life between and within buildings. A simple robust palette of finishes and motifs was adopted as a kit-of-parts system to stitch together surfaces and spaces of the new and existing.

The porous and accessible nature of the Enabling Village creates an inclusive environment, integrating people with disabilities as equal in the community.

Oasia Hotel Downtown | WOHA Architects Pte Ltd

World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 (shortlist)

(Photo Credit: Patrick Bingham-Hall)

A verdant tower of green in the heart of Singapore’s dense Central Business District (CBD), Oasia Hotel Downtown is a prototype of land use intensification for the urban tropics. This tropical “living tower” offers an alternative image to the sleek technology of the genre.

WOHA created a series of different strata of offices, hotel and club rooms, each with its own sky garden. These additional “ground” levels allow generous public areas for recreation and social interaction throughout the high-rise, despite the inner city high-density location.

Landscaping is used extensively as an architectural surface treatment and forms a major part of the development’s material palette both internally and externally, achieving an overall Green Plot Ratio of 1,100%. The tower’s red aluminium mesh cladding is designed as a backdrop that reveals itself in between 21 different species of creepers. Instead of a flat roof, the skyscraper is crowned with a tropical bower; floral, diverse, soft and alive.

Sale of tickets will close 4 days before tour date, or until sold out.

Tour timing is subject to change.

For student attendees, please present a valid Student Pass for verification on the tour day.

Please note that AM and PM tours have overlapping timing. If you wish to attend both tours on the same day, you may have to miss the last project of the AM tour, or the first project of the PM tour. Please arrange connecting transportation on your own. Thank you.

Start/End Venue: Archifest Pavilion@Raffles Place Park

Meeting Time: Please meet the tour leader at least 15 mins before the start of the tour

Attire: Comfortable clothing and walking shoes

Weatherproof equipment (recommended): Hat, Cap, Sunnies and Umbrella

About Archifest 2016 | www.archifest.sg

Archifest 2016, an annual public festival for Singapore to celebrate architecture and the built environment, is organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects, in partnership with Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects. 2016 sees the festival celebrating its 10th anniversary, which will be held from 23 September to 9 October 2016 at Raffles Place Park. The 2016 theme is titled “Exhale”. Join us at the Archifest Pavilion for a respite, from our brisk rhythm of everyday life.

About Architours

The highly anticipated Architours returns at Archifest 2016, with newly curated journeys aimed to inspire tour visitors as they visit award winning as well as unique buildings in Singapore. Some of the locations will be guided by the architects who desigened them! The Singapore Institute of Architects, Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects, and The Architecture Society (TAS) of National University of Singapore is proud to present yet another inspiring series of Architours, as part of Archifest 2016. LIKE us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/archifest) for updates on the tours!

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Smoking/Liquor: Smoking is not allowed on the coach or within the project sites. The consumption of liquor is prohibited on the Architours.

Moving bus policy: Passengers are reminded that they should remain in their seats while bus is in motion for their safety. Passengers understand that to walk or stand can be hazardous due to sudden stops, braking or uneven road surfaces that can cause passengers to fall and injure themselves and/or others around them.

Right to Refuse Service: If the participant’s conduct aboard the Tours is so as to endanger the bus or any person or property on board, or obstructs the crew in the performance of their duties, or fails to comply with any instruction of the crew, or behaves in a manner to which other passengers may reasonably object, the organiser may take such measures as it deems necessary to prevent continuation of such conduct, including restraint and/or eject you from the Tour without refund.

Refund policy: No refunds due to equipment (bus) breakdown or mechanical failure or for events. There is no refund for no-shows.

Seating Arrangements: Free-seating arrangement.

Accident or Loss: Participants are to take care of their personal belongings while travelling at all times. SIA will not be liable for any loss, damage, delay, inconvenience, or direct or consequential loss, however caused.

Jurisdiction: These conditions shall in all aspects, be governed by the law of Singapore.

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Sat Oct 1, 2016
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SGT
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Adult $50.00
Student $42.00

On sale until Sep 27, 2016, 2:00:00 PM

Venue Address
5 Raffles Place, Singapore 048618 Singapore
Raffles Place Station (EW14/NS26) Take Exit A or B, towards One Raffles Place/ Clifford Centre/ Chevron House/ Raffles Place Park. We are located right between Exits A & B.
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