Construction for Oasis Terrace underway after foundation-laying ceremony attended by Singapore’s National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, and Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.
Construction for Oasis Terrace progressing rapidly
Main structure completed for Aarvli Resort
Construction for Aarvli Resort in Goa tops up with the completion of the main structure, revealing the perfect sinusoidal walls, and the beautiful coastline beyond.
See the project here.
Serie wins WAF prize for best commercial mixed-use future project
Serie + Multiply’s project Oasis Terrace is the commercial and mixed-use category winner for future projects at the World Architecture Festival’s annual prize giving.
The project was also runner up for best future project in all categories.
The 27,400 sqm building will provide a new community facilities for the neighbourhood and link the waterway with the residential areas via terraced gardens and sheltered plaza. It is currently on site and is expected to be completed in 2017.
Christopher Lee delivers ASD Distinguished Lecture at Singapore University of Technology and Design
Christopher Lee gave a lecture entitled “Architecture as a Common Framework” to an audience at SUTD on the 2nd of November.
The lecture explored the discursive relation between type and the idea of the city underpins the work of Serie Architects. Such a view presupposes that the architecture that arises out of the lessons drawn from the typical elements of the city resonates with a common familiarity and purpose. This pursuit of an architecture that can act as a common framework is not an attempt to revive an anachronistic image of the past but is in fact a search for the idea that can be commonly held so as to invest architecture with a social, political and cultural relevance.
Common Frameworks: Rethinking the Developmental City in China, Part 3 – Out Now
Common Frameworks: Rethinking the Developmental City in China documents the third year of a three-year research and design study on the future of the Chinese city. A collection of essays and design conjectures, this report focuses on the Chinese countryside and particularly on government policies of “townization,” or rural urbanization. Asserting that current development strategies ignore the long-lived cultural and social connection between the villagers and the farmland, the studio projects present an alternative strategy, conceiving alternatives for the future of rural China that dissolve distinctions between rural and urban, city and countryside, and architecture and landscape. The critique revalidates the Chinese philosophical concept of polarism: a worldview that understands all things to be an alternation between binary poles. It sows the seed for an alternative idea of the city for China.
You can view the book online here.
The Countryside as a City
How to you urbanize the rural without losing the very essence of the countryside?
After more than three decades of urban-centric developments, which entrenched China’s unique rural-urban divide, Premier Le Keqiang announced in 2014 a state urbanization target of 70 percent by 2025, an effort that will affect 300 million people. The increase will not come from the further expansion of large cities but will instead be focused on the growth of rural towns and small cities.
The challenge for us is to imagine a self-sufficient place able to support a dynamic economy in the countryside, providing cultural and intellectual stimulation and offering a respite from the inequalities and divisions that plague the developmental city; in other words, to imagine the city as a space of equal and plural coexistence.
Oasis Terrace: Punggol Neighbourhood Centre Nominated for WAF 2015
The World Architecture Festival has shortlisted our Punggol Neighbourhood Centre and Polyclinic as a finalist for the 2015 prize in the “Commercial Mixed Use – Future Projects” category.
The project, currently onsite, creates a new civic centre for the neighbourhood of Punggol that is suffused with landscape gardens. Facing the waterway, it creates a bridge between the dense urban and the open waterfront.
Charles Correa: The great modernist
We are saddened to learn of the death of Charles Correa. His work is an inspiration to all of us at Serie.
Kapil Gupta has written an obituary on him in the newspaper Mint. He writes:
“In the same spirit as modern masters like Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn who came to India, he sought an architecture that though intensely modern, would create a renewed identity and sense of place within the Indian context, different from the homogenizing architecture practised by the West.”
Common Frameworks: Rethinking the Developmental City in China, Part 2 – Out Now
Common Frameworks: Rethinking the Developmental City in China documents the second year of a three-year research and design study on the future of the Chinese city. A collection of essays and design conjectures, this report focuses on the city of Macau and particularly on the challenges faced by cities in city- regions and the effects of cross-border urbanization. Asserting that the tropes used to describe and understand the border and its architecture fall short, the studio projects present an alternative urban strategy, conceiving a common framework for the border and its supporting facilities. The critique reconceptualizes the inherent architecture and spatiality of the cross-border city, its implicit ambition to bring about a city that is plural and equitable. It sows the seed for an alternative idea of the city for China
You can view the book online here.
Singapore State Courts Ground Breaking
Serie’s largest project to date, the Singapore State Courts, has broken ground with a ceremony onsite. The project will renovate the existing court house and add 60 more courtrooms in an adjacent tower.