Type

Private commission

Program

Renovation of a 2 Storey Housing

Location

Sommerville Estate, Singapore

Client

Private

Timeline

04/2019 – 11/2019

Surface

180 m2

Budget

Undisclosed

Contractor

Just Build

“The vision for this project was to create a harmonious integration of sustainable design with a careful understanding of homeowners’ needs and desires. This spacious interior is an abode that combines clever design and character.”

This project aimed to reinvent segregated enclosed zones into an integrated and connected space, thereby enhancing the quality of the abode. The removal of existing partitions walls that separated the kitchen from the living room and stairwell was an integral part of the design solution to create seamless continuity of a unified space. The display shelf unit that spans across the living room and kitchen area to further open up space.

The unique flooring and integrated cabinet in the rooms throughout the 2nd storey allowed for the sectioning of a guest room, with a hidden bed and partition that extends from the cabinets. The continuity of the cabinet unit is integral in carrying connectivity and cohesion throughout the space. The bold colour palette used is also pivotal in helping to conceive a space that is vibrant and dynamic, while the bathrooms adopted lighter hues to give a touch of softness.

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.

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Type

Marché Public

Programme

Scénographie & signalétique

Localisation

ArtScience Museum, Singapour

Client

ArtScience Museum, Singapour

Calendrier

03/2018 – 06/2018

Surface

1,700 m2

Budget

NC

Réalisation

Pico Art International pte. ltd.

Photo Credits

Frank Pinckers

This exhibition unravels the science behind the Strandbeests’ unique locomotion

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests presents the lifework of Dutch sculptor, Theo Jansen. Jansen has spent the last 28 years designing and building a series of wind-powered creatures called Strandbeests or ‘beach animals’. Jansen’s extraordinary creations, which he describes as “a new form of life” are a true embodiment of art, science, engineering and performance.

Presented in four sections, this exhibition brings together 13 large-scale Strandbeests, from the most recent moving ‘animals’ to the ‘fossils’ of past beasts and a comprehensive collection of films, artist sketches and prototypes. Charting Jansen’s imaginative vision and the origins of the Strandbeests, this exhibition unravels the science behind the Strandbeests’ unique locomotion as well as the processes that have driven their evolution. It further explores how Jansen’s beach-walking creatures have dramatically advanced in form and function over the years, becoming much more than he originally intended and evolving into a new species of man-made animals.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests presents the lifework of Dutch sculptor, Theo Jansen.  Jansen has spent the last 28 years designing and building a series of wind-powered creatures called Strandbeests or ‘beach animals’. Jansen’s extraordinary creations, which he describes as “a new form of life” are a true embodiment of art, science, engineering and performance.

In the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, Jansen has applied his background in both art and science to create over 30 self-propelled Strandbeests. Originally conceived as a solution to address the threat of flooding caused by rising sea levels, Jansen envisioned the wind-powered creatures roaming the beaches, pushing and piling sand on the shore to form natural barriers.

Presented in four sections, this exhibition brings together 13 large-scale Strandbeests, from the most recent moving ‘animals’ to the ‘fossils’ of past beasts and a comprehensive collection of films, artist sketches and prototypes. Charting Jansen’s imaginative vision and the origins of the Strandbeests, this exhibition unravels the science behind the Strandbeests’ unique locomotion as well as the processes that have driven their evolution. It further explores how Jansen’s beach-walking creatures have dramatically advanced in form and function over the years, becoming much more than he originally intended and evolving into a new species of man-made animals.

The exhibition concludes with a commissioned installation, Backyard Lab, by Singapore-based artist Isabelle Desjeux. Similar to Jansen, Desjeux’s work is an exploration into the process of creation using everyday objects through trial, error and experimentation.

Wind Walkers investigates how Jansen has dedicated his life to fostering the evolution of his dreams and reflects on his personal philosophy that “the walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.”

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