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Project: "ZIG ZAG HOUSE"
Company:Ministry of Design Pte Ltd
Designer(s): Colin Seah, Singapore
Category: Architecture Categories, Professional
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Entry Description: Lien Residence by Ministry of Design Architecture (with PAA) + Interior Architecture 600 sq m Singapore 2009. Built Zig Zag house Returning to the romance of the single storey bungalow house (an endangered typology in densely urbanised Singapore) the Zig-Zag house acquires its characteristic form by responding to the challenging site constraints through a series of spatial maneuvers that negotiate a long and triangulated sliver of land and its resident mature Tembusu tree*. Zoning As a first impression, the Zig-Zag House appears to be a single storey building detached from the datum of the existing landscape but in actuality comprises 2 floors: on the first floor, a sky-lit basement entry/garage and on the basement floor, 'servant' areas which anchor the 'served' spaces above. Each of the building’s three interconnected wings house an entertainment zone, a family zone and a private master room zone. This spatial strategy allows for areas to be interconnected whilst maintaining the ability to be zoned for privacy. Sculpture versus Architecture Designed as a seamless form, the building encourages an ambiguous reading between architecture and abstracted sculpture. Viewed from the vicinity’s taller structures, the building’s roof-scape provides the final design touch – where diagonally arranged planting strips echo the unique twisted form of the Zig Zag House. Climate Responding to the region's tropical climate, the building is organized along a continuous series of single loaded spaces, which allow for ample cross ventilation and natural light. Each of the building’s elevations are rhythmically lined with full height sliding glass doors which open onto internal corridors that serve as naturally ventilated breezeways. Courtyards, captured by the twisting building form, bring light into the basement areas as well as allow for outdoor deck spaces that link indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly. Materiality A simple plaster white finish for all the walls was chosen to accentuate the twisting form of the building as well as to capture the shifting light and shadows throughout the day. Timber flooring was used internally and carried through to the external decks to provide a reading of greater seamlessness between internal and external spaces. The Zig Zag house contributes to the evolving typology of the tropical house with its pared- down materiality, simplicity of form and fenestration, complexity of space and the re-interpretation of key tropical architectural tenants. *The site's resident tree had to be later felled during the course of construction due to the poor health of its root system. PROJECT CREDITS Design Consultant – Architecture & Interiors Ministry of Design Lead Designer Colin Seah Press Contact Joy Chan Seah Website www.modonline.com General e-mail studio@modonline.com Office address 20 Cross Street #03-01 Singapore 048422 Tel +65-62225780 Photography Edward Hendricks Patrick Bingham-Hall ABOUT MINISTRY OF DESIGN Question, Disturb & Redefine Ministry of Design was created by Colin Seah to Question, Disturb & Redefine the spaces, forms & experiences that surround us and give meaning to our world. An integrated spatial-design practice, MOD’s explorations are created amidst a democratic ‘studio-like’ atmosphere and progress seamlessly between form, site, object and space. We love to question where the inherent potential in contemporary design lies, and then to disturb the ways they are created or perceived – redefining the world around us in relevant and innovative ways, project by project! This, we declare, is real change, not change for the sake of novelty. Fortified with these aspirations, we begin each distinct project anew by seeking to do 2 things – to draw deeply from the context surrounding each project, but also to dream freely so that we might transcend mere reality and convention. Each MOD project endeavours to be delightfully surprising but yet relevant, distinctly local but still globally appealing. The response to our ethos has been overwhelming and we’ve received critical acclaim with a multitude of international award wins and key media coverage – these include the RISING STAR OF ARCHITECTURE by the MONOCLE SINGAPORE SURVEY, GOLD KEY AWARD, the INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS and the PRESIDENT’S DESIGN AWARD twice over as well as feature appearances in WALLPAPER, FRAME and SURFACE. True to our multi-disciplinary profile, we’ve also won the Grand Prize in SAPORITI ITALIA’S design competition, and Luxury Tower will be manufactured for display at the prestigious Milan Design Week 2010. MOD’s integrated spatial design approach has resulted in wide-ranging local and foreign projects such as the NEW MAJESTIC HOTEL, SHO-U RESTAURANT, ASHLEY ISHAM BOUTIQUE, SOHOCHINA SANLITUN CONDOMUNIUMS, BBH OFFICE IN A WAREHOUSE, HOLLAND PARK RESIDENCE, FACE TO FACE, THE CLUB BOUTIQUE HOTEL, THE RACE CLUB, HYATT HOTEL SEOUL & being a finalist in THE SINGAPORE PAVILION WORLD EXPO 2010 SHANGHAI. ABOUT DESIGN DIRECTOR COLIN SEAH Architecturally trained in the US, Colin Seah honed his sensibilities working for the likes of Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind. He also spent 4 years at the National University of Singapore’s Department of Architecture researching design pedagogy and serving as design critic. As MOD’s Founder & Director of Design, Colin is a two-time recipient of Singapore’s highest design accolade, the PRESIDENT’S DESIGN AWARD. He was also a Grand Prize Winner of the GOLD KEY AWARD, the highest international hospitality accolade and named Hong Kong Perspective’s ‘40 UNDER 40’ ARCHITECTS & MARCUS CORPORATION FOUNDATION PRIZE 2007 ‘emerging architect with potential for greatness’. Recognized as a ”Rising Star in Architecture” by Monocle, Colin Seah has been invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to redefine Singapore as a destination for 2020 and beyond. PROJECT DETAILS Visiting address 8 Holland Park, Singapore 247682 Client Lien Ying Chow (Pte) Ltd Design Consultant Ministry of Design Submission Architect Park + Associates Contractor / Builder Domain Trading & Construction Civil & Structural Engineer JS Tan & Associates M&E Engineer LAC Engineers & Associates Quantity Surveyor Ian Chng Cost Consultants Masterplanner K2LD Architects Landscape Architect Tierra Design Facilities Living, Dining, Library, TV Lounge, Master Bedroom, Kids’ Bedrooms, Elderly Bedroom, Maids’ quarters, Wet and Dry Kitchen, Study, Indoor and Outdoor Family Rooms, Internal Courtyards, Swimming Pool, BBQ Areas & Outdoor dining Total floor area (m2) 600 Plot Area (m2) 1500 Duration of construction Nov 2007-Oct 2009 Opening Nov 2009

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Ministry of Design was created by Colin Seah to question convention and redefine the spaces, forms and experiences that surround us and give meaning to our world. MOD’s explorations are created amidst a democratic studio-like’ atmosphere and progress seamlessly between form, site, object and space. At MOD, we provide our clients services that transcend mere design skill sets or technical prowess. We prefer to start far upstream and instead of merely designing solutions, we design holistic experiences. The resultant design thinking then translates into a wide variety of possible downstream design applications and media: be it architecture, product design, interior architecture, branding, graphics, landscape or even the weaving of diverse disciplines into a single project. We love to question where the inherent potential in contemporary design lies, and then to disturb the ways they are created or perceived – redefining the world around us in relevant and innovative ways, project by project. This, we declare, is real change, not change for the sake of novelty. Fortified with these aspirations, we begin each distinct project anew by seeking to do 2 things – to draw deeply from the context surrounding each project, but also to dream freely so that we might transcend mere reality and convention. Each MOD project endeavours to be delightfully surprising but yet relevant, distinctly local but still globally appealing. Headquartered in Singapore and with offices in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur, MOD was declared a "Rising Star of Architecture" by the Monocle Singapore Survey 2010 and "Designer of the Year" by the International Design Awards, USA 2010. Our recent portfolio includes Vanke Qingdao Plaza, Ascendas Guangzhou Knowledge City, award-winning Vanke Triple V Gallery & UOL Edge Gallery (World Architecture Festival 2012), Tangs Flagship Store and Macalister Mansion hotel (Best Luxury Hotel at Gold Key NYC 2013).