Architours 2015 | 3 Oct Sat | AM (Tour 1)

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

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!


NTU Pioneer and Crescent Halls:

Design School at Singapore Polytechnic:

The Golden Ratio House:

(A 6-meter long kitchen customised to have standing adults at a lower platform behind the counter interact with sitting children at a higher platform, both enjoying the full expense of the garden while cooking and dining.)


NTU Pioneer and Crescent Halls

Architect: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers

The NTU Pioneer & Crescent Halls exemplifies how the employing of sensible architectonic elements and harnessing of the gifts of our natural environment is sensitively integrated into this sustainable built environment. As one harmoniously composed edifice, especially illustrated by the public levels on the 1st and 2nd storeys – the re-imagining of the piano nobile, all our senses are engaged with the sights and sounds of revitalised streams and water bodies meandering through the buildings set amidst lush greenery.

The former swampy drain that runs across the site has been transformed into a series of sensitively designed bio-cleansing retention ponds, swales and wetlands that weaved into the development, blurring the boundaries between a nature park, a stream and a building. This unique integration of the “brown, blue and green” mapping encourages the flora and fauna to thrive and bloom, thus providing an urban hamlet and holistic habitat for students, staff, and even public visitors of NTU to rest and rejuvenate.

Design School at Singapore Polytechnic

Architect: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers

The new school was envisioned to not only embody an ecologically conscious design but to also play an active role in shaping students’ design thinking, inspiring and sparking off new ideas generation and discourse. The approach was to create a form of “living lab” or a “studio-incubator” that encouraged openness, innovation and experimentation. Hence, an open and transparent learning environment was created through the generous use of glass and open views into the studios.

A variety of gallery spaces, studios, outdoor refreshment areas, the rooftop and landscaped plazas also offer different learning environments that students and teachers can utilise creatively. The school is seamlessly connected to neighbouring blocks with a clear circulation network that integrates with the existing fabric of the site. Open pockets of landscape terraces are interspersed, offering green relief and help to link up the various facilities.

The Golden Ratio House

Architect: Genome Architects

From site analysis, the project’s buildable area was discovered to coincidentally have the proportions of the Golden Ratio (the length of the rectangular area was 1.618 times of the breadth). The design intent was to tie proportionally varying areas to functions that serve different needs of the family. With the Golden Ratio as design concept and organization logic for form and space, program and structure, Genome Architects explored an architecture that was organic and relevant. The sub-division of spaces along the ratio spiral created an order that allowed for rooms of different sizes for different needs, in different locations to have different relationships to each other.

Genome Architects see an architecture where concept, geometry, structure, space, program and texture makes a coherent whole. They embrace variety of form and geometry as conceptual tools and construction strategies. Structure is designed as space; details are integral to function and both contribute to user experience.

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!

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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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Archifest Festival Village @ 79 & 81 Neil Road
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Student SOLD OUT $42.00
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Archifest Festival Village @ 79 & 81 Neil Road Singapore
5 mins from Outram Park Station (EW16/ NE3)
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