ARCHITOURS 2016 | TOUR 8 | 2 Oct | PM


Featuring an eclectic and carefully curated mix of exquisitely designed houses, public institutions, expansive landscape projects, and religious buildings, join Architours for an exclusive peek into not only spaces, communities, and buildings – but also the architectural strategies that govern and inform their design.

Explore the essence of Singapore’s rich urban environment through a guided walk into hidden architectural gems and wonders situated in all corners of Singapore. Discover and learn about the meticulous planning and design processes behind the architecture of these projects from the architects and designers themselves as they walk you through their creations.

Student tickets are not available for this tour.


House at Frankel Avenue | LAUD Architects

(Photo Credit: LAUD Architects)

House at Frankel Avenue is a detached house nestled within the Frankel estate. The house was simple in its approach - to produce a design that fulfill not just the basic functional requirements but by doing so with a simple enclosure filled with purposeful details. The house was conceptualized as a singular concrete pitch roof form and allowing this concrete roof to extend on its sides as the basic enclosure. The concrete is formed with a pinewood formwork, imparting a textured richness to the surface.

The front of the house is dematerialized with a system of steel rods drilled through lava rocks. This "skewers" form a simple pattern, upon which a layer of green creepers have been encouraged to grow.

There was much focus placed into the design of every detail in the house, and House at Frankel Avenue is a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

Grace Assembly of God | LAUD Architects

(Photo Credit: Melvin H J Tan)

Grace Assembly of God was envisioned as a metropolitan church in the heart of the city, drawing people from all around the island. The idea of a central atrium was conceived as the hub of the church that draws people from the street, through a gently sweeping main staircase, through which all worshippers traverse through before entering the worship halls.

Inspiration was drawn from Petra, the ancient archaeological site in Jordan. A pair of high volume double curved stone cladded walls rising up high, allowing shafts of light into the space to create evoke a sense of awe of God. Names of God were inscribed on the stone walls to further accentuate this experience as the worshippers’ traverse in and through the building. Just like the old renaissance churches, where the play of light and volume serves to remind the worshippers of God’s presence, this same strategy was brought forward and reinterpreted in the atrium before one enters into the worship halls.

The atrium also serves functionally as a gathering space, where multiple platforms are created for gatherings of different scale and formality. It becomes the nexus of the church community where people of varying communities come to meet and interact.

The clear facade on the two side of the atrium allows calming views of lush landscaping while allowing those from the main road to see the activities of the church. This allows for more interplay between the church and the city.

Extension of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve | Architect: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd | Landscape Architect: Atelier Dreiseitl Asia

(Photo Credit: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd)

The redevelopment of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Park, the latter previously known as the Kranji Nature Trail, is anchored by the new Visitor Centre at Kranji Way and the Research & Education Centre. The new Visitor Centre has been transformed into a lifestyle hub of multi-level discoveries on the infinite wonders of wetland nature, while the Research & Education Centre serves to accommodate didactic activities on the importance of mangrove habitat knowledge and conservation.

Environmentally-conscious designs are used to seamlessly facilitate the interaction between humans and wildlife in this new extension at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Connected between these anchor developments are serene trails weaving between existing natural wetland, intertidal mangrove river and the North West coastline. Five observation pods, each shaped in the form of a shell, allow visitors to have an unobstructed view of mangrove life without disturbing the wildlife.

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 Pavilion@Raffles Place Park

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 2016 | www.archifest.sg

Archifest 2016, an annual public festival for Singapore to celebrate architecture and the built environment, is organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects, in partnership with Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects. 2016 sees the festival celebrating its 10th anniversary, which will be held from 23 September to 9 October 2016 at Raffles Place Park. The 2016 theme is titled “Exhale”. Join us at the Archifest Pavilion for a respite, from our brisk rhythm of everyday life.

About Architours

The highly anticipated Architours returns at Archifest 2016, 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, Singapore Institute of Landscape 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 2016. 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.

Accident or Loss: Participants are to take care of their personal belongings while travelling at all times. SIA will not be liable for any loss, damage, delay, inconvenience, or direct or consequential loss, however caused.

Jurisdiction: These conditions shall in all aspects, be governed by the law of Singapore.

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5 Raffles Place, Singapore 048618 Singapore
Raffles Place Station (EW14/NS26) Take Exit A or B, towards One Raffles Place/ Clifford Centre/ Chevron House/ Raffles Place Park. We are located right between Exits A & B.
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