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Studio Twist

Large Agency | Shanghai

Indian Heritage Centre of Singapore

Studio Twists' design for the Indian Heritage Centre of Singapore is to create an open and welcoming sequence of public spaces that naturally continues from the street up to the rooftop garden.

The face of Indian Heritage Centre becomes a collection of "Living Platforms" evolved as a deep environmental facade wrapped around the gallery spaces, made up of sheltered open air areas for public use in front of or adjacent to interior gallery areas and planter areas for vertical greenery.

Visitors of all races and origins move, search, interact, sit, rest and enliven the IHC through their use of IHC "Living Platforms" -- a truly vertical continuation of street life.

  • The site is triangular in shape in a built-up historical district in Singapore with two main facades, one side facing a street about to be pedestrianized, another facing a two-lane vehicular street.

  • The Studio Twist team borrowed the Indian architectural typology of stepped wells and river banks as a spatial device for organizing movement as well as platforms for informal gatherings.

  • Visitors of all races and origins move, search, interact, sit, rest and enliven the IHC through their 24 hour use of IHC “Living Platforms”, a vertical continuation of street life alongside operational use of the museum.