* DESIGN OF
THE YEAR 2020

Kelley Cheng

Creative Director
The Press Room

Start a magazine. Publish books. Run a gallery-cum-bar. Teach graphic design. Inspire her generation and others after...

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‘‘A designer’s role is first and foremost to serve… Good design always has to serve something or someone, be it the client or society.’’

Ar. Khoo Peng Beng and Ar. Belinda Huang

Directors
ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism Pte Ltd

From rooftop gardens to community decks in the air, life in Singapore has gone from “high-rise” to “sky-rise” over the last two decades. As the city’s buildings climb ever higher, they have also ...

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‘‘The architect as an inquirer is something we should nurture. When we spend more time listening, we are able to better integrate life’s complexities.’’

AirMesh Pavilion

Designer
AirLab @ Singapore University of Technology & Design
Zhejiang University

Sitting atop a grassy knoll at Gardens by the Bay, it lights up in the evenings like a gem. The AirMesh Pavilion is...

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‘‘In constructing the AirMesh Pavilion, we produced zero wastage and reduced the use of material to only what is necessary. This is what the future of construction should be.’’

Cloister House

Designer
Formwerkz Architects

From the street, the single-storey house is a modest box compared to its neighbouring mansions. But behind the fort-like walls...

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‘‘Our approach to the large plot of land was to ensure the design maintained the relationship between roof, house and land.’’

Etania Green School

Designer
Billion Bricks Ltd

Five decommissioned containers, recycled timber and an iron roof are all that make up Etania Green School. Although simple and low-cost in design...

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‘‘I would love my children to have the same pride for their school as the children in Etania Green School do.’’

EYEYAH!

Designer
EYEYAH!

Climate change, fake news and food security are complex topics that stump even adults. But EYEYAH!...

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‘‘There are numerous social, environmental and economic world problems facing our children today… We are aware of the power of visual communications to impact behaviour and effect change.’’

Goodlife! Makan

Designer
DP Architects Pte Ltd

Food indeed brings people closer together at Goodlife! Makan. At this Senior Activity Centre in the Marine Terrace estate, a group of elderly residents...

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‘‘Design has the capacity to reframe the way the community sees these seniors and the way they see themselves… the seniors have gained a newfound sense of purpose and ownership at the centre.’’

Jewel Changi Airport

Designer
Safdie Architects
In collaboration with RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd

An airport with smooth connections, decent dining options and a well-stocked souvenir store has long satisfied most air travellers. Jewel Changi Airport, however...

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‘‘We wanted to create a timeless place where people want to return to, over and over again. Not a one-time 'wow' experience, but a destination that becomes part of the fabric of life in Singapore.’’

Kampung Admiralty

Designer
WOHA Architects Pte Ltd

The traditional “kampung” in Singapore has been reimagined for modern times. As a pioneering “village” for seniors, Kampung Admiralty brings...

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‘‘Kampung Admiralty is a unique prototype for many cities with ageing societies… we created an infrastructure to support a variety of programmes that could help seniors stay active and healthy.’’

‘‘We believe in simplifying a school into clear, recognisable geometries to help children form a mental image of it… Designing for children lets us become children again.’’

The [Not-So] Convenience Store

Designer
Kinetic Singapore

With its fluorescent-lit interiors, catchy jingle playing in the background and a shopfront wrapped in cheery corporate stripes, it looks like yet another convenience store. But...

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‘‘Breaking big themes down into concrete achievable actions can make serious topics less intimidating.’’

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