No 126

What a year it has been! We round off 2022 with a host of vibrant events and festivals in Singapore and the region that everyone is excited to revive. Beyond the pandemic, sustainability is perpetually on everyone’s minds – particularly in the architecture and design realm. This issue, we applaud Southeast Asian design talents who find inspiration in transforming waste or discarded materials into their respective collections of sculptures and functional pieces ranging from lamps to coffee tables. In September, they showcased their works at EMERGE@FIND, presented by FIND – Design Fair Asia and DesignSingapore Council during Singapore Design Week. Bamboo has been used in traditional architecture for millennia. It is now seen as one of the most promising materials for the future of construction and design. As one of the fastest growing plants in the world, bamboo provides a cost-effective building material that is also extremely sturdy and environmentally friendly. Look out for our story on Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’s exclusive restaurant Terra, whose futuristic dining pods are made of bamboo, and tucked high amid a lush bamboo forest. As building constructions have proceeded at full tilt, Singapore is welcoming brand new projects including its tallest building – 8 Shenton Way – with cutting-edge technological and sustainability features. Expected to be completed in 2028, the project is inspired by bamboo forests and echoes the vertical direction in which natural bamboo grows. The architects are also using engineered bamboo, which is a regenerative material. Another futuristic project that has just been unveiled in Singapore is Zaha Hadid Architects’ design for the new Singapore Science Centre. A collaboration with Architects 61, the project comprises five interlocking rectangular volumes that appear to float above the surrounding parkland. The new centre will house exhibition galleries, interactive labs, event spaces, and other facilities. As we to look forward to this and other up and coming projects, we continue to be inspired by new and meaningful designs. Our team at d+a wishes you a wonderful year-end and see you in 2023!

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