What is impressive is how the architects worked closely with the clients to achieve a manifestation of their brand and philosophy.
The architect took on the deep rectangular plan as an opportunity to create a central illuminated atrium.
This luxurious one unit per floor residential development is handled with a skilful understatement. It accomplished this feat with a simple, elegant and unpretentious structure.
The formality of the living area, realised in recycled teak panels is further contrasted by the lightness of the bedroom suites.
The jury appreciated the arrangement of the blocks to define a sequence opening up to the view, as well as the use of topography to mediate the scale of what is a large complex.
The planning on the difficult site integrated landscape in between the buildings and made an open and unintimidating environment for the keeping of animals.
From the same architects of Faber House, a similar formal strategy was employed, but with a slight increase in scale.
The judges appreciated the difficulty of interfacing between two conservation buildings of disparate style and thus lauded the architects’ effort to connect the three buildings together as one continuous showroom.
The interior is appropriate for old people in terms of its ambience and the use of colours is effective, refreshing and not overdone.
The conserved 2-storey shophouse in brick and timber is well contrasted by the new steel, concrete and glass addition.
The quality of the landscape, details and public spaces was impressive, effectively supporting the layout of the residential units.
The amount of research work that the team has done to uncover the material on the original church is commendable.
The project addresses its surroundings with a wonderful attempt to reciprocate with Hong Lim Park.