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Architours 2015 | 4 Oct Sun | AM

By Singapore Institute of Architects & The Architectural Society (TAS) of National University of Singapore
Description

A staple at Archifest, the Architours afford an in-depth look at buildings in our city, with newly curated journeys aimed to inspire visitors as they explore note-worthy architectural projects in Singapore. Some of the tours are led by the architects themselves, what a treat!


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Mahabodhi Monastery:

(Photo by Sanjay Kewlani, www.skewedeye.com)

Audi Centre Singapore:

SkyVille@Dawson

(Photo by Patrick Bingham-Hall | View of Sky Garden looking out to Landscape Park)


SITE DETAILS:

Mahabodhi Monastery

Architect: Multiply Architects

Originally founded in 1969, the monastery was redeveloped with the intention of creating a modern centre for Buddhist practice and culture, with a special focus on Buddhist art. The facade design was inspired by the golden colours and geometric patterns found on the cassock, or robe, of Buddhist monks. This pattern was in turn originally derived from the traditional patchwork of monk's robes called "福田" in Mandarin Chinese, which literally translates as "rice paddies". The facade was conceived of as a robe or shawl enveloping the inner building, evocative of the humble rice paddy, while at the same time enriched through the use of golden onyx. The onyx is constructed as a double panel with LED lighting inside, producing a warm glow reminiscent of traditional Chinese lanterns. This glow is a welcoming beacon to the community, in line with the Monastery’s goal of establishing itself as a community centre.


Audi Centre Singapore

Architect: ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

Standing at 8-storeys high, Audi Singapore's newly unveiled flagship store is the first ever high-rise Audi Terminal, and at 1,350 square metres per floor, is also the largest Audi showroom in Southeast Asia. This one-stop terminal offers a variety of services in a single location, housing showrooms, workshops, offices and even a cafe and waiting lounge for visitors. Up to 35 of Audi's latest models are displayed in the showrooms, arranged in a "power curve" that makes the formation seem as if they are zooming by on a race track. A specially designed lift carries cars to the servicing workshop that spans from the 5th to the 7th floor. The terminal also has offices, an Audi Cafe, quattro shop, waiting lounge, reception areas and a carpark.


SkyVille@Dawson

Architect: WOHA

Skyville@Dawson is a public housing project commissioned by the Housing and Development Board of Singapore. Three main themes - community, variety and sustainability - form the basis of WOHA's design.

Each home is designed to be part of a Sky Village comprising 80 homes that share a naturally ventilated community terrace and garden. Every tower is composed of 4 vertically stacked Sky Villages across 3 interconnected blocks (total 12 villages, 960 homes). Other communal areas include an Urban Plaza located along a public linear park offering a supermarket, coffee shop and retail spaces, Community Living Rooms at ground level that provide seating areas overlooking a Landscaped Park where enormous rain trees are retained and community pavilions for weddings and funerals, play and fitness areas, courts and lawns are designed around a 150m long bioswale. The Rooftop Park incorporates a 400m jogging track and pavilions that support a PV array that powers the common lighting.

The design gives variety to buyers by offering 3 options per unit type. Flexible Layouts were developed based on column-free, beam-free apartment spaces, thereby eliminating waste and making allowance for diverse family sizes, various lifestyles (e.g. home office/loft-living) and future flexibility.

Awarded Platinum, Singapore's highest sustainable rating, the project adopts passive design strategies and maximises construction technologies for precast components. All walls have vertical and horizontal sunbreakers, while all windows are designed with overhangs and custom mid-height top-hung panels that direct breezes to seating level, enabling them to remain open during the monsoon period. Designed for tropical living, the units are orientated north-south and have openings on all sides, bringing in light and air without the need for air-conditioning. All common areas are naturally ventilated and day lit as well. In total, the project features over 1.5Ha of public gardens and achieves 100% green plot ratio.



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 2015 Festival Village @ 79 & 81 Neil Road

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 2015 | www.archifest.sg

Archifest 2015 returns from 25 Sep to 10 Oct 2015, to celebrate architecture and the built environment. The annual festival provides a platform for all walks of life to discuss, debate and deliberate architectural issues. Participants will find themselves engaging in uninhibited dialogue, creative collaborations and a constant exchange of ideas.


Into its 9th edition, the Archifest hopes to start energetic conversations with the public and among professionals, about Singapore's future spaces and environment . With the theme "What Future?", we hope that everyone will be inspired to observe, reflect and contemplate on their aspirations for their own future. Because, the future cannot be served to you, you can and should, build your own.

Visit the Archifest Festival Village as part of Architour to participate in the “What Future?” discussion!


About Architours

The highly anticipated Architours returns at Archifest 2015, 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 built them!


The Singapore Institute of Architects and the Architecture Society (TAS) of National University of Singapore looks forward to presenting yet another inspiring series of Architours, held over two weekends of Archifest 2015. LIKE us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/archifest) for updates on the tours!


Disclaimer for Architours

Indemnity: By buying and participating in the Architours, you are deemed to fully accepted all SIA/Archifest/Architours’s terms and conditions. If you do not agree with the terms, please do not buy the tickets and do not join the tours.

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold SIA and its affiliates, and their respective staffs, owners, agents, information providers and licensors (collectively, the "Indemnified Parties") harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, costs and expenses (including attorneys' fees) incurred by any Indemnified Party in connection with any breach by you of these Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Responsibility: SIA has designed these tours for your pleasure and enjoyment and has attempted to select for you the best transportation facilities for the prices charged. SIA, however, does not own or operate any of the services and assumes no responsibility for delays, losses or accidents or for damage to persons or property caused by any person, firm or corporation or other legal entity providing the transportation services (including but not limited to transfer and sightseeing), or any other service incident to these tours. SIA reserves the right to make any changes with or without notice, that may become necessary, with the understanding that any additional expenses will be paid by the passenger. SIA also reserves the right to terminate tour services for any participants at any time for good cause. SIA cannot be held responsible for any mistake that might occur in typography or printing.

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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Sun Oct 4, 2015
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM SGT
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Venue
Archifest Festival Village @ 79 & 81 Neil Road
Tickets
Adult $50.00
Student $42.00

On sale until Sep 30, 2015, 9:00:00 PM

Venue Address
Archifest Festival Village @ 79 & 81 Neil Road Singapore
Directions
5 mins from Outram Park Station (EW16/ NE3)
Organizer
Archifest Singapore
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