Architours 2015 | 3 Oct Sat | AM (Tour 2)

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!


Catholic Centre:

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Academic Campus:

(The internal space corresponding to the idea of the university as a vertical, interlaced 'kampung' (local Malay word for village)

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Student Housing and Sports Complex

(SUTD Hostel blocks with incubation pods and collaborative spaces)

(SUTD Sports Complex with Faceted Facade)


Catholic Centre

Architect: eco-id Architects and Design Consultancy

The design intent of the Catholic community centre building is to give it a new architectural presence that is iconic and representative of its function as the Catholic Hub in the city. The vision was to create a true gathering place and centre for the Catholic community in town, and to form an integrated workplace for 9 Catholic institutions, charities and community organisations.

The façade design is a screen of tubes, inspired by Church pipe organs and wind chimes. The undulating lines are based on the score of the pentatonic scale that the Gregorian chant is based on. As the long facade faces the west sun, the aluminum tubes also act as an effective screening element channeling the heat vertically up.

While looking for an inspiration to design the building, the architect firm eco-id looked at the nature and character of the Catholic Church. Catholic hymns and songs are considered joyous components to the community and the firm wanted to inject that spirit into the design of the building. Having the Organ pipe and Gregorian chant inspirations reflected in the aluminum tubes and undulating façade screen was a subtle approach to characterise the building in which resonates with the Church. A gap is left among the screen of tubes in the front of the building to form a subtle embossed cross, underlying the Catholic nature of the building. The entrance to the building is a specially designed sliding door that is framed as a metal cut-out of a hollow cross with the circular symbol of the monstrance (a vessel for the consecrated Host in the Catholic Church) at the centre and rays emanating from it.

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Academic Campus

Architect: UNStudio and DP Architects

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) offers a unique multi-disciplinary education, focusing on architecture and sustainable design, engineering, and information systems technology. DP Architects and UNStudio’s design scheme for the academic campus reflects SUTD’s new pedagogic model of inter-disciplinary and collaborative learning. It offers an opportunity to embrace spontaneous creativity through a non-linear connective relationship between students, faculty, professionals and the spaces they interact with.

The institution’s academic facilities are connected through a seamless network of organised spaces and paths. Faculties within the SUTD campus are not housed within individual buildings, but distributed and overlapped through each block of the site. Classrooms, laboratories and meeting rooms are spread over the various connecting blocks to amplify moments of interaction between disciplines. With boundaries blurred, the campus architecture becomes an incubator for communication and innovation. The university is also designed to be environmentally sustainable and responds well to Singapore’s equatorial climate.

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Student Housing and Sports Complex

Architect: Surbana International Consultants Pte Ltd in Collaboration with LOOK Architects Pte Ltd

Surbana International Consultants in collaboration with LOOK Architects has won the bid and completed the Student Housing and Sports Complex for Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
To foster a truly unique on-campus living experience in the SUTD, design for the housing and sports facilities embraces creativity and possibilities.

Capturing in built form the essence of SUTD’s educational pedagogy of collaborative learning, the student hostel blocks are liberally interspersed with pockets of interaction spaces, setting up the platform for an open, creative environment.

A system-based design which exhibits flexibility and scalability, the housing morphology enables a variety of room permutations to be accommodated within the linear block footprints.

A living-learning spine linking the academic, housing and sports components of the campus is effective in maintaining a low carbon footprint by enabling seamless connectivity on foot.

Celebrating the youthful energy of students, each aspiring mind is inspired to dream and excel.

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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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.

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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.

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