Dance Organism by Vincent Lai Yee Foo
Located in the midst of Singapore's Central District is the site that will house one of Singapore's well-established dance schools- T.H.E Dance Company. With the site being surrounded by historical buildings, lush greeneries and a modern urban grid, it has the unique potential for 'social centralization'- providing a meeting point/ gathering place for different user groups that may pass through the site.
Instead of creating an isolated identity within a density, this project aims to create a passageway, a thoroughfare that connects to the public through the 'heart' of dance culture. By doing so, the architecture creates a sense of place instead of just space.
The building concept explores the relationships between the human heart, lungs and blood vessels and using them as analogies to the circulation and programme organization of the building. The idea of rejuvenation of blood cells in our body strikes a similarity to a dance centre that seeks to influence and rejuvenate the public's mind on contemporary dance. Therefore, the public are like 'blood cells' while dancers act as 'lungs' that disseminates oxygen.
In order to maintain identity and to 'tread lightly' on the existing site, a significantly large banyan tree is kept as the 'heart' of the development in a Central Courtyard. Main activities and circulation throughout the building revolves around the Central Courtyard, which is designed to be a relaxing and comfortable space for users to mingle around.
In the human circulatory system, the heart acts like an engine in our body that circulates the flow of blood cells. Hence, blood cells have to pass through the heart in order to be pumped to other parts of the body. This concept is adopted and applied to the 'heart' of the development, which is the Central Courtyard. The journey throughout the building starts and ends at the Central Courtyard.
submitted on 2013.02.06
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