Wheeler’s Yard
With the burgeoning of the cycling culture in Singapore, the site has all the right ingredients
to become just that - a laid-back, lifestyle place for cyclists, where they can rest,
get their repairs done, have a cuppa, and watch the world go by.
Location: Singapore  /   Year: Completion 2013
Type: Commerical   /  Services: Interior, Branding
Team: Tiah Nan Chyuan, Trina Ang, Oh Wenxin   /  Photographer: Beton Brut
 
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We were immediately drawn to the site, and who wouldn't? It was a huge industrial factory beside a park connector, nestled in the quaint neighborhood of Whampoa where residents would strolled, jogged or cycled in the quiet evenings. Previously used as a car repair workshop, the family-run business needed new ideas to revamp the place.

The brief was literally invented along the way. With the burgeoning of the cycling culture in Singapore, the site has all the right ingredients to become just that - a laid-back, lifestyle place for cyclists, where they can rest, get their repairs done, have a cuppa, and watch the world go by.
The voluminous space was split into two - a cafe and a huge open bicycle workshop. This makes for a rare commercial proposition as there would be no rental pressure. And the owners can have free play in the space. It is open and flexible, and totally programmable to cater for various events. The place has since hosted launch parties, fashion events and the likes.

Of course these days, it's not just your cyclists who drop by, the place is slowly becoming the hangout place in the neighborhood. Not bad at all, for an old factory.