A pick of my favourite happenings

For people who love design and buildings, Archifest (Singapore Architectural Festival) is a boon. Everyone can be a part of it and pick up nuggets of lessons and fun. Archifest began in 2007 as an annual festival to celebrate architecture and the built environment of our city. It consists of tours, talks, exhibitions, workshops and film. This year’s theme CRAFT shines the light on the bespoke, the artisans, the handmade, the technology and the materials that architects and designers work with to take their visions to a higher level. The annual Festival is organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects, and is curated this year by Formwerkz Architects.



7 Tours to choose

Start venue depends of respective tour

Saturday or Sunday Tours: 28 Sep-6 Oct 2019

8.30am-1.30pm or 1.30pm-6.30pm

S$60 per adult, $50 per student

Organised by The Architecture Society, and National University of Singapore

Work out your legs and senses, Architours consists of 7 different tours covering various architectural gems around Singapore from institutions to private homes. The architects who brought them to life share their insights on the processes of design, construction and artisanship, and the patina that good craftsmanship allows to form over time.

A few projects you can see on Architours include:

Aperture House

By Formwerkz Architects

Greenwood Avenue

The house is conceived to capture, calibrate and contain the right amount of daylight within. The car-porch, entrance portico and lap pool are shielded by a vast cantilevered canopy spanning the full length of the house.

Camo House

By WOW Architects

East Coast Avenue

Named Camo House, the concept of the architectural design comes from a desire to blend in with the surroundings of a neighbourhood located on the East Coast of Singapore.

Oasis Terraces

By Serie Architects in collaboration with Multiply Architects

Punggol Drive

The design is about the successive framing of community space with garden elements. The plaza at the heart of the scheme is framed by a series of garden terraces sloping towards the walkway. The architecture is also characterised by a sense of lightness and openness allowing daylight and breezes to naturally filter through.

Design Orchard


Orchard Road

A three-storey stepping structure with a rooftop public space and garden is designed as an incubator for emerging Singapore fashion designers. Designed with a clean and modern palette of concrete, glass, timber and landscape, the off-form concrete structural walls feature circular openings which allow views, shop front displays, light and ventilation through the building structure.



The URA Centre, 45 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069118

Fri 27 Sep, wed 9 Oct, 9am-7pm daily


Organised by Fabian Ong

I love concrete in all forms. It’s unpredictable, imperfect and stylish. The making of off-form concrete, a finish obtained as formwork removed from concrete, is arguably regarded as a form of handicraft in an increasingly mechanised construction industry. Like Chinese ink paintings, the outcome is hard to control and irreversible. Quirks and abnormalities inevitably arise from the process of construction and are often seen as “defects”.



NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Rd, Singapore 088883

Tues 1 Oct, 6.30pm-8.30pm


Organised in conjunction with the Architectural Heritage Season, an initiative by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)

If I had a billion dollars I’d buy up all the historical buildings in Singapore to simply look at them and keep them safe. I would have to restore many of them. The use of lime in the restoration of historic buildings, and why this cost-effective and traditional method is superior to other treatments is discussed in this forum, which celebrates built heritage and well-restored buildings; cultivates the community and raises awareness for URA’s conservation work.



Roger&Sons, 115 King George’s Ave, Singapore 208561

Sat 28 Sep, 2-6pm

$100 per person

Organised by Roger&Sons

Wood is one of nature’s beautiful gifts. That dream Thai beach house of mine is mainly in timber. At this workshop, you will make a sustainable chopping board from a crosscut slab of local tembusu wood, finished with foodgrade beeswax from a local beekeeper. Learn one of the most crucial stages of woodworking: finishing. Discover different sanding techniques, how to apply finish, and how to choose the right finish for every project.


The URA Centre, 45 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069118

Sun 29, Sep 2-5pm

$35 per person

Organised by SUTDIO

The city is a place filled with stories. This fun drawing workshop shows us how to find stories in the environment that inspire our creations. How to start drawing, develop style and approach ideas towards craftmaking.

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