Lori Zimmer

Singapore's Space Hub Asia Unifies a Historic Villa and a Shophouse With a Modern Glass Block

by , 12/16/11
filed under: Architecture, gallery

green design, eco design, sustainable design, living wall, vertical garden, WOHA Architects, Singapore, Space Asia Hub, design showroom, Singapore Arts District, historic preservation

Situated in Singapore’s Arts District, Space Asia Hub cost a cool $50 million, and it promises to offer an unforgettable retail experience. The center seeks to engage visitors with both architecture and furniture design on an experiential level, celebrating design in a space reminiscent of a cutting edge art gallery. The center claims to offer an experience for all of senses – including audio, specially designed scent and culinary experiences, and of course a rich series of interiors.

The Villa, a historic white bungalow, has been transformed with a large kitchen that will host dinners for top design clients. Plush sofas and other furnishings decorate the comfortable interior, while carefully curated music plays on the in-house sound system.

The Heritage House is a historic conservation shophouse. WOHA revamped the interior with an industrial tone that compliment the loft-like floors. Natural skylights flood the interiors with light that filters in through wooden rafters. The Heritage House displays elegant sofas and bedding sets, as well as an outdoor courtyard that features a three-storey living garden wall for both employees and customers to enjoy.

Connecting the two historic buildings is the modern ‘Glass Block’, which displays colorful furniture collections that can be seen from the outside. At night, the Glass Block glows and shows its wares to passersby.

The Space Asia Hub unifies a block on Bencoolen Street, but also provides a unique showcase that highlights local designers, while earmarking Singapore as a design destination.

+ WOHA

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