WOW is pleased to announce the completion of the Niven Road Studio in Singapore and the launch of WOWHAUS!
The Niven Road Studio is a historic secondary settlement conservation site where the existing 2 storey building is conserved with a tall rear extension comprising a Basement, Three Stories and an Attic.
The tall rear extension provides a new back entrance at the hilltop while the main entrance remains on the fully preserved front façade facing the heritage street at ground level. The conservation strategy of juxtaposing old and new develops the project in to a 21st century heritage building. Designed for minimum visual impact from the heritage street, the rear extension comprises three levels of double height space screened from the East and West sun by deep vertical fins.
Today, Niven Road’s memorable days are a nearly forgotten reality as its public institutions have moved away, been demolished or closed down over the past decades. Yet hope is not lost as with change come opportunities for a community to evolve.
Located in the centre of Singapore, Niven Road is an intimate residential neighborhood situated between Little India and Orchard Road, Mount Emily Park and the Middle Road arts and entertainment district. A once charming and bustling residential community with a stylish cinema, late night eateries, a hilltop park with a public swimming pool, prestigious Chinese and English medium schools, and home to the Singapore Sikh community. In the first half of the 20th century, Chinese, Indians, Malays, Eurasians, Jews and Sikhs lived side by side.
With the new MRT stations nearby and the up and coming arts and entertainment district, optimism is growing in the small community. Niven Road could be transformed into a vibrant urban edge where young and old, local and foreign, affluent and modest can create a community that is relevant to their time and place.
The multiple levels of space within the Niven Road Studio are ready to be programmed for creative use. From its Basement Gallery, Level 1 meeting space, Level 2 Maker’s space, Level 3 office space and the Attic Lounge, WOW welcomes imaginative, innovative and inspirational ideas to activate the WOWHAUS. WOWHAUS is a house for ideas and creative exploration derived from exchanges between artists, architects, designers, craftsmen, developers, product specialists, and thinkers in an era of information technology and environmental awareness.
EXPERIENTIAL DESIGN EXHIBITION
The inaugural WOWHAUS exhibition will feature our first monograph, “Experiential Design for A Changing World.” This will be on display alongside our Award Winning Projects exhibition from October to November 2015. The WOWHAUS provides gallery and event space for creative individuals and groups to showcase their work.