ARCHITOURS 2017 | TOUR 1 | 7 Oct | AM


Architours 2017 returns with an array of hand-picked works thematically curated. This year, in our 11th year running, immerse in the rich atmosphere of Singapore’s architectural environment, both old and new, and rediscover the hidden interesting spaces around Singapore. Join us for an exclusive access into these architectural gems as we bring you closer than ever into these projects and get behind-the- scenes with the designers who brought them to life.


AGAPE Village | LAUD Architects

(Photo Credit: Melvin H J Tan @ LAUD Architects Pte Ltd)

Agape Village is developed by Caritas Singapore to bring together various Catholic Organizations under one roof, each using their abilities to serve those in needs regardless of race, religion. The building design intends to promote a sense of community through the use of green terraces and pocket gardens on every level. The atrium, voids and the clustered layout of rooms around the ‘courtyard spaces’ allow visual connection to other spaces within the building, giving the users a sense of awareness of each other. In line with the humble identity of the place, the material and colour palette is deliberately kept minimal to express a timeless aesthetic. Against the white facade, the greenery is allowed to take center-stage. Without much decoration and embellishment, the building remains as the physical framework whilst the people and activities in the building adapt and change with time.

National Design Center | SCDA Architect

(Photo Credit: SCDA Architect)

Anchoring the Arts precinct of Bugis-Bras Basah, the National Design Centre is an addition and alteration intervention to four conservation buildings; premises of a former convent school dating back to 1879.

The design inserts a composition of four cantilevered translucent boxes, overlapping to form an interconnected series of volumes for both public and private uses. The composition opens internally to a central atrium, drawing inward to activate the central courtyard.

A café links the street to the central courtyard, and flows into retail and exhibition spaces. Cumulatively, the first storey level is intended to serve as a pedestrian thoroughfare where interests are drawn in and activities generated.

Within the Centre, a chapel is adaptively converted into a multi-functional space. With religious reliefs on the walls restored and the introduction of a geometrically folded ceiling, the space is given a new lease on life, celebrating its secular history and present function.

#1 | Studio Wills + Architects

(Photo Credit: Khoo Guo Jie)

#1 is an Addition and Alteration (A&A) to an original pitched-roof corner terrace house, nested within a neighborhood consisting of an eclectic mix of low-rise houses and mid-rise apartment blocks.

Cost-benefit analysis resulted in the decision to keep the original house and build a new rear extension, maximized to its allowable building height and set-back requirements. The result is a LITTLE TOWER, rising above the original house, to complement its taller neighbors in scale, form and materials.

This LITTLE TOWER shields the rear side of the original house from exposure to its taller 'neighbours' and created pockets of 'green' in between them. Akin to an 'energizer', the LITTLE TOWER houses all the new 'services' and reconditions the original house for modern comfort.

Random openings, of various types and sizes, within the LITTLE TOWER, look out to its surroundings for borrowed views and obscure the reading of this 2-storey rear extension with loft.

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Tour timing is subject to change.

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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: Singapore Institute of Architects @ 79 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 Architours

The highly anticipated Architours returns at Archifest 2017, 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 desigened them! The Singapore Institute of Architects and The Architecture Society (TAS) of National University of Singapore is proud to present yet another inspiring series of Architours, as part of Archifest 2017. 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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Singapore Institutes of Architects@79 Neil Road
Adult SOLD OUT $50.00
Student SOLD OUT $42.00
Venue Address
79 Neil Rd, Singapore 088904 Singapore
Nearest MRT: Outram Park MRT
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