Architours 2015 | 27 Sep Sun | PM

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!


Civil Service Club at Changi:

Tokio Marine Centre:

(Photo by Aaron Pocock Photography)

Brunner Residence:

(Photo by Masano Kawana for Tuttle Publishing)


Civil Service Club at Changi

Architect: DP Architects

Civil Service Club at Changi is an addition & alteration to the existing one-storey site along the Changi with a new four storey recreation complex, new four storey chalet block with villa clusters fronting the coastline, and the existing buildings transforming into a food & beverage hub.

The new clubhouse is designed to integrate with the laidback charm of the Changi Village area whilst retaining the existing single-storey colonial building structures. On elevation, the adjacent new recreational complex and the chalet block frame the low level colonial blocks, in deference to its presence. A predominant language of multiple slender columns and trellises project a sense of ‘transparency’ and break down the scale of the new buildings. In tandem with its public-centric ethos, the clubhouse is designed with porosity as a metaphorical gesture to reach out to the masses. Externalised staircases, corridors and brick orchestration encapsulates and accentuates this intent.

Tokio Marine Centre

Architect: CSYA Pte Ltd

Located at the junction of Cecil and McCallum Street, the 124.5m high building, with gfa of 14,500sqm, accommodates 21 storeys and a basement. As the regional headquarters of a major insurance company, the design combines architectural innovation, structural integrity, efficiency in the use of energy and water, as well as comfortable and healthy work spaces, reflecting the company’s philosophy of environment-friendliness. The inspiration for the building’s design came from the concept of a simple clump of bamboo which criss-crossing allows the cluster to grow taller in the act to outgrow each other. This idea is in term translated into the v-shaped building, with the criss-crossed fair-face reinforced concrete columns at the perimeter to serve as structural support, and providing shade from the sun. The bamboo-like exo-skeleton structure and the enlarging ascending floor plates provide shade for up to forty percent for the column-free office space, making it efficient and environmentally responsible at the same time.

Another prominent design feature is the abundance of green, open spaces for the enjoyment of both the public and the tenants of the building. Instead of the usual banking halls, shops, or offices, a high-ceilinged ground floor concourse of about 1,000sqm forms a green urban public space devoted entirely to a landscaped garden. A similar open space is found on the rooftop for the enjoyment of the building’s tenants.

Energy-efficient measures become integral to the design of the building, rather than inconvenient afterthoughts which is a reflection of the client, who pride themselves as being an environment-friendly company. The ‘green’ features of the building include the aforementioned exo-skeleton facade design; energy-efficient designs of the ACMV systems, the lighting systems, as well as the elevators and escalators; and the implementation of water-saving techniques such as the collection of condensate water from the AHUs, rainwater-harvesting, and extensive use of water-efficient sanitary fittings. All in all, these measures are expected to contribute to overall annual savings of 830,000kWhrs of energy and 5,400m3 of water.

Brunner Residence

Architect: RichardHO Architects

This corner conservation terrace house has been lovingly restored to accommodate a family of four and equipped with all modern needs. Central to the whole design is an atrium which is naturally lit and with a lift that accords easy access all three levels of the house and its roof terrace.

Handmade coloured cement tiles and careful attention to detail add to the charm of this restored heritage house.

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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