Located west of Chengdu in the Sichuan province, the bookstore features gravity-defying staircases and infinite bookshelves which looks like it came straight out of one of Dutch artist M.C. Escher’s fever dreams. An article in the Smithsonian wrote that architect Li Xiang, founder of Shanghai-based firm X+Living, designed the 973 square metres bookshop, which draws inspiration from the Unesco World Heritage–listed Dujiangyan irrigation system. Certain architectural elements resemble water, nodding to the many rivers that flow through the city.
The mid-century modern style of interior design was popularized during the 1940s, and remains popular for good reason. Defined by clean lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation, and high functionality, the style has an undeniably timeless appeal. In the design of Singapore’s first-of-its-kind Day Hospice by HCA Hospice Care (HCA) and Lien Foundation, Oasis@Outram redefines end-of-life caregiving to focus on the personal growth of not just patients but also the community around them.
The Singapore Interior Designers Showcase is proud to present the SIDA Luminary Awards in collaboration with the Society of Interior Designers Singapore. The SIDA Luminary Awards is an initiative by the Society of Interior Designers Singapore to energize the local design industry by setting a benchmark for outstanding works in the face of a competitive market.
Residents of the Palm Jumeirah Dubai can now flex their plastics for some serious retail therapy at the new Nakheel Mall. Designed by RSP Architects Planners and Engineers, the main goal is to create a lifestyle around the needs and desires of the consumer and connect social responsibility goals through creating a sense of place while capitalizing on the property’s target market.
Like how a skin protects the body, The Tembusu functions as a living host which shelters its inhabitants from the environment. ARC Studio’s high-rise, high-density housing of 337 homes is enlivened by the “living façade” which involved threads of nature around the columns interweaving with the architecture to create an organic exterior bringing the landscape closer to the residential units. It also creates an impression that the landscape drapes over two sky links, creating an even more intimate experience with nature.
Like a giant tree, Oasia Hotel Downtown designed by WOHA Architects offers shelter for its inhabitants and respite for the larger community around it too. Unlike the sleek and sealed skyscrapers in Singapore’s Central Business District, this tropical “living tower” offers an alternative image to the sleek technology of the genre.
The forested mountains of Fuzhou is now accessible, thanks to an elevated pedestrian walkway. Designed by Look Architects, the China Fuzhou Jin Niu Shan Trans-Urban Connector, or "Fudao", winds 19km through the capital of Fujian province in southeastern China; allowing the people who use it daily to get closer to the dense mountains.
Experiential retail is more important than ever, with a pandemic having accelerated the prevalence and importance of ecommerce. Moving forward, customers will demand seamless shopping experiences no matter the retailer. Local interior design studio CAD Associates was appointed the challenging task to create a store that will entice customers off the internet and into the physical space.
In the eye of cyberage, it was thought that it was only a matter of time before print books were replaced by e-books. Now with the virtual reality in full swing, demand for the printed word, and its place in libraries remain strong. The idea that everyone will read everything on screens has not proven to be true. The publishing industry knows this, and it is reflected in high-quality library designs.
Imagine recuperating after a surgery amidst an elegant space that is beautifully decorated to remind you of home. Thomson Medical Centre (TMC), was looking for a design unlike anything the industry had seen. The mandate was to design a space that felt more like a home than a hospital. Goodrich Global was roped in to work alongside the design team to incorporate high-performance furnishings to complement the desired aesthetics.