7 Magnificently Designed Buildings to Explore in Singapore as Featured at Archifest 2016

Enabling Village - Photo Credit: Edward Hendricks

Archifest is back for the 10th year running in Singapore! With a mega, colourful pavilion specially built in the middle of Raffles Place Park, Archifest 2016 brings forward some of the most amazing works of architecture that you can find right here on this little red dot.

One of the highlights for Archifest 2016 are the several Architours that you can join to explore a curated mix of gorgeous homes, places of worship, and other exquisitely designed buildings that are not only pretty but designed with functional purposes.

Here are 6 of our favourite spots that you can visit on the Architours!

1. Visitor Centre at HortPark

Visitor Centre at HortPark - Photo Credit: Albert Lim
Visitor Centre at HortPark – Photo Credit: Albert Lim

Located amongst the lust greenery of HortPark, the Visitor Centre houses horticultural and recreational activities to the public. The centre is designed with an open concept, with a roof made of wooden slats that allow natural light and ventilation to enter the spaces.

What’s interesting is how the bold design of the Visitor Centre contrasts vividly against the soft natural background of the park. The Visitor Centre at HortPark was gifted the Honourable Mention at the 9th SIA Architectural Design Awards.

2. Enabling Village

Enabling Village - Photo Credit: Edward Hendricks
Enabling Village – Photo Credit: Edward Hendricks

Enabling Village is a community space that combines training, recreation, and amenities in a place that is accessible-friendly. Every part of the complex is designed to give ease especially for those with disabilities, and their carers, to move around.

The space was originally the now defunct Bukit Merah Vocational Insitute. Instead of leaving the area unused, it was converted and repurposed into an environment that integrates people with disabilities as equals in the community.

3. myVillage

myVillage - Photo Credit: DP Architects
myVillage – Photo Credit: DP Architects

myVillage in Serangoon Gardens is designed to be a shopping mall with a homely feel. Every floor of the mall is made up of natural elements to create a cosy shopping environment for the visitors. For example, the basement consists of a sunken courtyard, while the rooftop houses a spacious garden that the mall patrons can relax at.

The shopping mall, designed by local architecture firm DP Architects, snagged the Silver Award at the Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards in 2015.

4. SkyVille @ Dawson

SkyVille @ Dawson - Photo Credit: Patrick Bingham-Hall
SkyVille @ Dawson – Photo Credit: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Designed by local architects WOHA, SkyVille @ Dawson’s concept is based on 3 themes, namely community, sustainability, and variety. The homes are stacked in “villages” of 4 levels, with each village sharing a common terrace and garden.

The highlight of SkyVille @ Dawson has got to be the Rooftop Park which incorporates a jogging track and pavilions 47 floors up, and gives a generous bird’s eye view of the cityscape and beyond!

5. SPCA

SPCA - Photo Credit: Lee Zhi Jie
SPCA – Photo Credit: Lee Zhi Jie

The newly opened Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) at Sungei Tengah Rd is designed to be naturally ventilated. To allow natural daylight and ventilation in the complex, the architects designed prefabricated walls that let in light and air, yet prevent rain from coming in.

Design-wise aside, SPCA holds various interesting workshops and events that you can attend to understand more about caring for pets. For animal lovers, it is also a haven for abandoned cats and dogs that you can adopt if you wish to.

6. New Wings at Asian Civilisations Museum

New Wing at Asian Civilisations Museum - Photo Credit: GreenhilLi
New Wing at Asian Civilisations Museum – Photo Credit: GreenhilLi

Two new extensions have recently been constructed to the Asian Civilisations Museum. The design is meant to play with daylight in order to create a changing building form and to illuminate the gallery spaces naturally.

This pictured roof of the riverfront extension “floats” above the column-free 26m wide gallery! The circular objects are actually skylights that help to fill the gallery space below with natural daylight.

7. Oasia Hotel Downtown

Oasia Hotel Downtown - Photo Credit: Albert Lim
Oasia Hotel Downtown – Photo Credit: Albert Lim

The Oasia Hotel Downtown building stands contrast to the surrounding skyscrapers in the Central Business District. Not just because of its bright hue façade, but also the amount of greenery that grow on the surface of the building.

The designers created different segments of offices, hotel, and club rooms, each with its own garden landscape. Each sky garden is high roofed and open sided, allowing generous ventilation to those relaxing at these spaces.

Aren’t they simply magnificent? If you’re interested to take a closer look at these works of architecture, hop over to Archifest 2016 to sign up for the guided Architour of your choice!

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