This Singapore architect designs and makes his own prototypes for owners with ‘something important to say’

YOU’VE DONE SOME INTERESTING PROJECTS RANGING FROM LARGE HOMES TO SMALL EATERIES. WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS DO ENJOY WORKING ON THE MOST?

I enjoy projects where owners have something important to say. I help translate them into built form. 

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING PROJECT SO FAR?

The Hidden House project. It was challenging to design unique living environments for every member of the multi-generational family while creating a unifying identity for the household. 

YOUR GRADUATION PROJECT WAS EXHIBITED AT THE 2006 VENICE ARCHITECTURAL BIENNALE. THAT MUST HAVE BEEN AN AMAZING HONOUR? HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT? 

Our studio, then Diploma 06, led by Christopher Lee of Serie Architects was selected by the AA to be part of a symposium and debate on Architecture and the City. My project along with a two other unit mates’ projects were chosen to be adapted for a hypothetical masterplan for slum rehabilitation in Dharavi, Mumbai. 

It was about two months of intense work getting the drawings, models and presentation ready. The symposium was two days long and it involved many architectural schools. There was lively discourse and exchange of ideas. Having my work exhibited in such a prestigious event and being part of the international fraternity of architects was an honour. 

CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO ME THE DIFFERENCES IN YOUR PRACTICES, BETWEEN TYPE0, PRODUCE AND SUPERSTRUCTURE? WHY 3 DIFFERENT STUDIOS?

Type0 Architecture focuses on the development and transformation of building types and typologies that is relevant and critical to the city. 

Produce is a design research studio looking at emerging phenomena, culture and situations that shapes our experience of the city. 

Superstructure aims to be at the forefront of technological production. We develop computational tools and processes for fabrication and assembly as well as investigate novel and smart systems for construction.

They are set up to cover different aspect within the means of production of Architecture. Respectively they are, Architecture and the City, content development and technological production. 

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