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    Singapore Architecture Awards


    classic modern, while the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, by Alfred Wong Partnership, uses traditional Minangkabau roof forms to make a building suggestive of a ship under sail.

    The jury commended the cricket pavilion for the strong, simple line of its roof, together with its elegant structural design and clear spatial configuration, which result in "a poetic composition of tectonics, materiality, and light."

    The jury also commended the yacht club's expressive roof form, which manages to make a strong architectural statement of the building's nautical theme, "without resorting to the local conventional country club look."

    A Conservation Winner

    A historic Chinese homestead in Singapore, the House of Tan Yeok Nee, is perhaps an unlikely home for the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. The authentic restoration and sensitive adaptation of the building to the state-of-the-art requirements of its new owner posed intriguing challenges.

    The success of RSP Architects, Planners and Engineers in responding to this challenge made the project a winner in the conservation category. The jury particularly commended the commitment and thoroughness of the restoration team.

    Lowering the roof structure to enable major repair, a procedure known as Luo Jia Da Xiu, was necessary to incorporate new structural elements, install modern waterproofing, and replace damaged roof tiles with specially-made matching replacements. Roof ridges had to be carefully supported in their original positions to retain the roof's authentic curvature.

    Elaborate original Jian Nian, colored porcelain pieces which form human, flora, and fauna motifs, required extensive restoration. Precise dimensions and curvatures of missing pieces were recorded and sent to China for reproduction.

    Interior spaces generally retain their historic spatial qualities, although the jury noted that the air-conditioning of the main hall and a free-standing pavilion does not integrate well with the restored compound.

    The client, however, is satisfied. "The House of Tan Yeok Nee has been designed and renovated to be one of the premier educational facilities of the world," says associate dean William Kooser. "The combination of traditional Chinese architecture and furnishings with state-of-the-art classrooms and technology embodies our grounding in tradition and our forward-thinking approach to business."

    The sixth SIA Awards attracted an unprecedented 196 entries from 61 firms. The 2001 jury included Edward H. Y. Wong, president of the Singapore Institute of Architects, Milton Tan, head of the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, Sandi A. Siregar, president of the Indonesia Institute of Architects, Prosperidad C. Luis, national president of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), and Taro Ashihara, vice-president of the Japan Institute of Architects.



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    Award-winning apartments by Forum Architects.
    Photo: Albert Lim K.S.

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    The Loh House, by RichardHo Architects.
    Photo: Albert Lim K.S.

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    Interior of one of the Victoria Park Road Houses, by WoHa Architects.
    Photo: Albert Lim K.S

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    Residence by Timothy Seow Associates.
    Photo: Timothy Seow Associates

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    Lycee Francais de Singapour, by Kumpulan Akitek.
    Photo: Chew I-Jin

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    Research and development facility for Singapore's Housing Development Board by Cesma International.
    Photo: Cesma International

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    Now the Fullerton Hotel, a historic office building was restored by Architects 61.
    Photo: Tim Nolan

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    The Thian Hock Kong Temple, restored by James Ferrie and Partners.
    Photo: James Ferrie and Partners

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    Award-winning interior of the StarHub-The Cuppage, by HYLA Architects in collaboration with HB Design (S).
    Photo: Albert Lim K.S.


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