Saturday, 30 July 2016


A sustainable and happy community is about a group of people pursuing common practices and principles in living with a high degree of respect for the environment, people and the place they live in.  The collective community lifestyle can be set in motion by design - by promoting interaction and mutual support and learning - a common way of life, awareness and care for the community and place can be established.  The Light Waterfront _ Residential Enclave sets a compelling precedent in a stratified residential development with facilities.  The network of connectors and nodes that are used as design strategy to integrate dwelling units in a regular landed community can take on the 3rd dimension where levels come into play, producing greater permutations between the community and their relationship with the public domain.
Social interaction is promoted by design, in the strategy of multi-level, multi-user-group common area or community level public domain - much like the structure of a small village, whereby a network of paths and small congregation spaces link together clusters of dwellings/neighbourhoods or sub-communities.  Each sub-community is earmarked to be ranging from 30 to 50 units.  In this project, the list of spaces include: the Fishbone entrance and passageway, marina, colonnades, recreational decks, pooldecks, gymnasium, multipurpose hall, shops, foyers/lobbies/corridors and pocket terraces/decks, perimeter parkway, etc.  Analogous to the traditional on-stilts clan villages - also an expression of a rather Eastern cultural and urban typology - the social meeting spaces are not the Western town square but streets, passageways, piers, corner stores, temples, halls, etc.  Like the traditional equivalents, the contemporary interpretation of each of these spaces serve the community in different ways: large congregation or event at the Fishbone; formal meeting at the Foyer and Multipurpose Hall; family and friends party at the recreational deck and pooldeck; incidental chats at the corridors and lift lobbies of each floor; and so on.  As a result the project has greater than norm ratio of amenities.
All above Description by: Ar Tang Hsiao Seak
Design Architects: Garis Architects S/B
(Ar Tang Hsiao Seak / Ar Ngu Ngie Woon)

Thursday, 28 July 2016


In the context of modern, tropical, diverse, developing Asian cities - representing Garis Architects’ evolving works in the underlying agenda to push for change from the working level and from the lowest unit intervention - The Arc _ Rimbayu sets the precedent for a community-based township in the following ways:
    A flexible and adaptable multi-program structure that functions as a catalyst for a new township - stage 1: gallery & office; and stage 2: community centre.

    A demarcation on the landscape in the act of place-making by establishing an identity for the community and township - an antithesis to a visual icon or landmark for the sake of a symbol.

    Functionally provides shelter and serves as the collective public domain for various community amenities - bazaar, street, square, park, sports centre, shops, prayer rooms, meeting spaces, learning places, community farm, recycling centre, etc.

    An urban connector between residential enclaves and commercial hub - vehicle-free pedestrian/ cyclist promenade and canal to reduce reliance on motor vehicle

    A typology and business model for privately initiated community hub and centre for community-based projects
 As a typology and community-centric solution intending for residents to take up ownership and identity, the project aims to achieve through the following aspects in its design:

    improve connectivity - designed as a major linkage - at pedestrian level to reduce reliance on motor vehicle

    replace, increase and improve existing landscape and hydrology for a balanced ecosystem and to promote biodiversity

    make parkland and the public or semi-public realm more inclusive for the community

    incorporate in design greenery - vertical and horizontal - to improve insulation, cooling and air quality

    turn stormwater drainage and collection system into positive, compelling and interactive design in place-making by incorporating it into the architecture and landscaping at conception

    use sustainable design and ecosystem as keys to engage the community and to serve as showcase for social/community living, informal and interactive educational programs, urban farming, etc

    derive typology or model that is easy to build, replicate and adapt for different location, usage, context and able to evolve over time
All above Description by: Ar Tang Hsiao Seak
Design Architects: Garis Architects S/B
(Ar Tang Hsiao Seak / Ar Ngu Ngie Woon)


This presentation outlines an approach to planning and design of affordable housing  scheme recognising that some aspects of the development and living community may change while some are more timeless.  It is presented as a series of principles, methodology framework and guidelines encompassing action plans and prototypes - laid out across a spectrum of the two extremes of “unchanging" and “changing" parameters related to affordable housing development and its community and life therein.
All above Description by: Ar Tang Hsiao Seak
Design Architects: Garis Architects S/B
(Ar Tang Hsiao Seak / Ar Ngu Ngie Woon)

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


Urban centres in sub-urban districts and suburban townships have evolved from their original purpose of providing local level services to the surrounding regions, connected mainly by road.  The shop-lot typology alone can not serve the increasingly complex roles and functions, and the exchange of people and information that occur on daily basis.  Emerging from this change and demand certain ideas and approach to urban planning and design, architecture and engineering are becoming prevalent:

    Transportation and mobility integration

    Connectedness of the community

    Architecture-public domain-infrastructure integration

    Design intelligence and smart technologies

As transport-oriented-development become the hub, design parameters need to cover integration with vehicular network and parking design strategy to avoid the loss of urban character.  Personal mobility solutions also become relevant in addressing the issues of traffic congestion and sustainability - it is a new approach that mediates between public transport and cars that is environmentally sensitive and socially sustainable.  As people transit through the hub, between homes - workplaces - shops, the journey is placed under the spotlight in its connectedness, quality of experience, amenity and facility - such as shops, services, recreation, safety, security, convenience, practicality, handling cross-section of users, environmentally friendly design, quality/character of public domain, value to community building, placemaking potential, etc.  The role of architecture is further challenged by the necessity to answer the needs to integrate and connect using new and hybrid typologies - last millennium paradigm shift in design for cars needs an up-shift to meet a new paradigm of public transport, autonomous vehicles and personal mobility devices - that would change spatial layout and visual experience of space due to different speeds of travel within and across buildings.  This compels the incorporation of intelligent and adaptive design strategies and the use of smart technologies to serve the built environment rather than to be dictated by it conversely.  Architecture will need to be seamless and all-encompassing to integrate the public domain and infrastructure to optimise land use and efficiency, and critically to propound the importance of placemaking for the people and the value of the public domain as the common denominator of the city.

A common typology has been evolving on the drawing board - a 'link' that is based on a flexible linear structure that integrates a multitude of services, predominantly used for movement of people, activated by activities at key nodes while drawing closer the relationships between inside and outside.  It functions on ground plane at the most rudimentary level, but key to its versatility is its transmutability to flex up and down vertically and twist laterally - for multilevel, multi-block connectivity - opening up new levels of accessibility and flexibility when coupled with personal mobility solutions within an architectural spatial configuration.
All above Description by: Ar Tang Hsiao Seak
Design Architects: Garis Architects S/B
(Ar Tang Hsiao Seak / Ar Ngu Ngie Woon)
Composed by: Albert Chua


    This presentation outlines the evolution of landed residential typology developed in our practice over time reflective of the myriad changing conditions and growth of the society and nation. 

    The evolution sees the transformation of rudimentary linked house typology - built based on speed and quantitative approach to solving housing problems of the nation - to building community based on qualitative appraisal of the environment and its sustainability. 

    The visuals are mapped through the basic principles that their manifestations themselves have seen evolution over time, namely: community _ identity _ safety & security _ amenity _ sustainability

    With growing wealth brings choice and qualitative appraisal from the people

    With changing family and tenancy makeup brings sophisticated and new hybrid, evolutionary typologies

    With greater awareness in health and well-being brings active lifestyle and connectedness to the outdoor considerations

    With rising crime rate defensible space principles become relevant again in addressing safety and security issues

    With traffic congestions we integrate building design with public transport and explore personal mobility solutions, whilst accessibility to local amenities and services become more important and integrated

All above Description by: Ar Tang Hsiao Seak
Design Architects: Garis Architects S/B
(Ar Tang Hsiao Seak / Ar Ngu Ngie Woon)
Composed by: Albert Chua

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Avian Sanctuary

 With this Urban intervention idea that trying to utilise the concrete viaduct structure that running throughout the entire city, not just a few but hundreds of various kinds of birds come to this citizen-created ‘sanctuary’. City that has been flattened by concrete jungle, massive infrastructure and nasty human being, where is the little space for wildlife?


 Design by :  Ngu Ngie Woon & Too Kean Kong
dated: 2016
Project Title: Avian Sanctury

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Ecology Spine - Urban Connector

Ecology Spine offers a new dimension of experiencing nature with various activities within the proposed Urban Hub, such as walking, cycling, dining and leisure. Not only that it serves as a mode of linkage, it is also an element to restore the soul of the development from busy and fragmented contemporary life to a comfortable, robust and relaxing environment.

A fresh perspective is given to the landscape, where it is seen not only as a form of ornament but as a living organism that feels, grows and changes one's experience. It is about creating a place for people; not just to pass through or to sit within, but to entice and draw the users to always come back. The vision of making a modern city of quality, green and convenient living inspired by culture and nature gives birth to an organic city structured by a well-articulated order.

Interweaving the landscape with its surrounding architecture is not just about being green, conserving and connecting people with nature, rather it is rooted within the context and spirit of the area as a place to congregate and meet, shop, work, relax and to hold celebrations and take part in cultural events, concerts, festivals, education sessions and emerging artistic exhibitions. It is a place to take part in and be a part of its making.


The landscape is utilised as connective element throughout and beyond the whole development, bringing different spaces and elements together, making the development accessible and user-friendly for the benefit of all. The idea recognises the significance of crucial green connection and intends to tap into the feeling of continuity by integrating a comfortable and safe moving experience within the development's fabric, revealing its culture and getting in touch with nature.
Design Architects: Garis Architects S/B
(Ar Ngu Ngie Woon)
Project Title: Urban Hub