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WY-TO BUILDS #13

DESIGN TO SERVE  
FLOWS - SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS


As part of Archifest 2020 ‘Architecture Saving Our World’, our proposed Shelter for the Homeless in Singapore is a collaboration between WY-TO and the students of the School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), at Singapore Polytechnic, with the support of our wood supplier JCI sponsoring the materials.

Conducted during 3 weeks, the Design & Construct Workshop aimed to tackle a little known issue of homelessness and the possibility of creating a sustainable lightweight and transportable shelter. In a recent study by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policies, it was found that Chinatown has the highest number of homeless people in Singapore. Building on WY-TO’s humanitarian efforts and communities-oriented projects as well as the first Design & Construct workshop held in Phnom Penh in 2017 for The Mobile Lotus, this workshop tapped on WY-TO’s vast experience to develop a design prototype to help the less fortunate reintegrate back to their community through spatial assimilation and programmatic empowerment in a public housing community in Chinatown.

This programme is supported by the Design Singapore Council and the prototype was displayed at the National Design Centre in October, with the students leading tours for the FLOWS shelter design.

Check out more process photos over at the FLOWS' Instagram page!
 

"COLOURS OF MY LIFE" FEATURED

We are thrilled that our project Colours of My Life has been featured on Archdaily!

This project aimed to reinvent segregated enclosed zones into an integrated and connected space, thereby enhancing the quality of the abode. The design was done with a thorough understanding of how the homeowners envisioned the usage of the space, along with paying the utmost attention to details in designing and providing sustainable solutions. For example, taking into consideration the tropical climate and designing an integrated space that optimises natural ventilation and light to reduce the usage of air-conditioning and lighting. With all of these strategies implemented through thoughtful and clever design, the space transforms into a lively yet intimate abode of character, a dwelling that compliments the homeowners’ individualities.

We are honoured that we are able to share our design vision with millions of architects and designers globally through the esteemed platform of Archdaily!
 

NATIONAL DESIGN CENTRE REOPENING


NDC has reopened with a line up of events centred around the theme of “A Future by Design”. While you are there, be sure to head to our very own Fifty Years of Singapore Design exhibition at the National Design Centre and travel through five decades of time, to see the design works which have shaped Singapore’s design scene today.

PROCESS OF SEED BANKING


Working closely with the Researchers at Nparks, our graphics department has produced one-of-a-kind scientific plant diagrams illustrating the whole process of seed banking at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Seed Bank, among other graphics for the interpretive gallery. Singapore’s first Seed Bank operates as a conservation, research and education facility within a colonial building.

TAB SERIES PUBLICATION


Close to year ago, we held the last talk for the TAB Series 'Talks on Architecture and Beyond', hosted by Cosentino. This year, we celebrate the released publication of the series, interviewing each and every one of the 12 Architects and designers who spoke across the year of 2019. It is an excellent memory of the inspiring talks, targeted towards professionals and students in the field of Architecture and Design. Look out for our next edition in the pipelines…

URGENCY FOR SUSTAINABILITY & GOOD DESIGN FOR PLAY


Apart from the design practice, Yann Follain has been actively giving talks over the past months, taking us through the application of circular approaches to the built environment with his talk “Circular Economy Club – Singapore Part 1”  at the Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit 2020 Webinar, and tackling the long-established, yet ever-relevant topic of Sustainability at the Web Conference organised by Alliance Francaise Dubai. He also shared his expertise on “Redefining Playscapes for All: Play in Museum” at the Webinar organised by DesignSingapore Council, and gave an inspiring talk at Architectural Design Week 2020.

 

PLAYFUL CURVES & COLOURS


The unique curvature of the Orchard Bel Air Condominium inspired the curved floor plan and interior elements, which also facilitates a better flow within the interior space. The play of chromatic colours, celebrates the central circulation space, bringing life and movement throughout the spatial experience.

FUTURE CENTRIC DESIGN


We participated in two very different Tenders, but with a common theme of future centric design. The We participated in two very different Tenders, but with a common theme of future centric design. The Radical Curiosity exhibition featured the experimentation and innovation of the visionary architect Buckminster Fuller, which continues to inspire architects and designers even till today. The other project was for the Y-Lab Innovation Showcase, which was a convergence point, reinventing the future of how we experience arts and culture.
 

SHORTLISTED FOR STAGE 2!


Creating a collective new memory: In our shortlisted proposal for this International Competition, the site was rehabilitated and rejuvenated into a venue for public activity which would invoke historical narratives, as well as offer new experiences that engage visitors familiar and new the site. Site to be revealed soon! Stay tuned for this exciting project and keep up with the news by following us our Instagram.
 

VOID IN THE CITY


We are proud to have been selected to represent Singapore at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (SBAU), with our winning entry presenting the absence of Pearl Bank Apartments and the void it created in the city. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project!
 
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