Indian Heritage Centre
The building is inspired by everything we love about Indian culture:
the energy, the dynamism and diversity; a wonderful kaleidoscope of cultures,
religions, landscapes, food, colour, sounds and smell.
Location: Singapore  /   Year: Competition 2011
Type: Culture   /  Services: Interior, Architecture   /  Award: Competition Finalist
Team: Tiah Nan Chyuan, Peter Sim, Dr Lilian Chee, Torrance Goh   /  Collaborators: Point Architects   /  Photographer: -
 
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FARM was one of four finalists in an architectural competition organised for the new Indian Heritage Centre to be built at the heart of Little India Historical District.

The building is inspired by everything we love about India: the energy, the dynamism and diversity; a wonderful kaleidoscope of cultures, religions, landscapes, food, color, sounds and smell. It is a collage of differences and everything in between; from the mountains to the sea, from the super rural to the super urban, from the ancient to the modern.

These thoughts are translated to a series of shifting layers stacked upon each other as a collage of differences. The individual layers will be cladded with different building materials
related to specific Indian motifs or materials to express the richness and diversity of India. A distinctive green mound at the roof level becomes an urban statement and focal point to capture the imagination of the visitors drawing them towards the new museum. The roof garden, which is open to the public, offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.

A series of long escalators at the backlane bring visitors to the roof garden before descending through the building into the various galleries and back into the street. This inverted circulation presents a unique way of experiencing a museum that complements the colorful and unique character of Little India.

This is a joint submission between FARM and Point Architects.