Category Archives: Singapore


Missing last year’s Singapore Design Festival, qmark eagerly placed this year’s events into the calendar. There are MANY events, but a quick browse through that thick pamphlet tells me that there aren’t many that cater specifically to design per se. It’s more product placement than product process. Continue reading



A film by Ho Tzu Nyen

At first glance, reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975). Missed the 4-day screening; is it showing anywhere soon? Sinema?
Meanwhile, check the film page here.


Introducing Tim Griffith, a “well-travelled architectural photographer”, who has more than his fair share of Singapore Shots. Visit his blog level for his work, and sensible musings about the worldly life as well.

illuma bugis

capella hotel

crowne plaza hotel

woha office

a photographer is an architect’s renderer.

Atop the Old

qmark‘s top 3 haunts, perhaps as ideal VDay hangout spots:



Heard of a beautiful sun-infused interior amid a lofty neo-colonial tropical setting (imagine floating B&W bungalow). Heard of famed Swiss Gruyere cheese with smoked ham for lunch. No reservations on weekends.

White Rabbit


Seen a rabbit running on the website. Seen photos of ceremonious furniture, rustic materials and spatial sensitivity. Seen Takenouchi Webb’s office at Wessex and frowned at the red sofas of their latest project OverEasy at Fullerton. Renoir’s Luncheon at Boating Party comes to mind.


Knew of the old Clifford Pier, pickup point to Kusu Island.  Knew of $12 bottled water, and a fantastic Marina Bay panorama. Aqua Restaurant Group’s latest development amid other cutting-edge F&B establishments in HK and Tokyo. Another case of adaptive reuse.

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SuperGarden SuperSpore


11th International Architecture Exhibition, Venezia

Poof! qmark disappeared for 1.5 months. Continue reading

Read; June Journalism

1. The 8th June “issue” of the NYT Mag was quite splendid, and free of course. It gathered Nicolai Ouroussoff (architecture critic of NYT) and others to pitch in for its Architecture Issue: an interview with Bernard Tschumi, discussion about film sets’ cities and LOT-EK, there’s something for everyone. But it is through this issue where we learn about Ouroussoff’s story behind One-North, and Front Inc.‘s “exuberantly baroque” winning scheme for a new LV store in Singapore featuring a curtain wall of completely curved glass.

“[..] Several years ago, the London-based, Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid received a phone call from a Chinese developer asking if she might be interested in designing a 500-acre urban development on the outskirts of Singapore. [..] With more than 20 blocks now complete, parts of the city look surprisingly conventional.”

2. The Lifestyle-Elephant & Coral Creative Writing Contest yielded its final winner, Perry Ho, whose endearing entry captured a side of architecture that was startlingly rare and refreshing. “The Apartment” is an anthropomorphic representation of the Apartment, with soul and many canny references to our built reality. Allegorical and definitely worth reading! Here I reproduce it in its entirety.

“Other buildings envied her Shiseido #119 ceiling. The Jesus she hung at the door (of her heart) gave her strength. Jade bangles around her ankles trapped the essence of her youth. You could hear them holding on for dear life whenever she got up and ran, ran with the other Apartments and Factories into the night. No one knew where she went, returning only when her ankles ached to keep up the night’s display of high spirits. Come morning, some proud Apartment would be seen wearing a night’s old #119.
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SG Down Under!

Here on qmark we advocate wholesome fun that’s stimulating and also free! It’s amazing how despite our pea-sized island, there’s really a wealth of places to explore and things to do cheaply or even freely, unbeknownst to many.

The latest (ok it happened 2 weeks ago) fun outing was the Southern Ridges Trail – a stretch of green from West Coast Park to Mount Faber / Vivocity that recently became connected. It has been in the papers a lot, so I shall just post highlights of the trail for those who are going! Nothing beats the experience of walking through these green heights.


The entire route: 2.5 hours but really it takes almost a whole day. Alternative route from NUS to VivoCity instead of the 188 bus.
The Stretch


@Hyderabad Road. Don’t miss out the experimental flowering blooms at the greenhouses, and the vertical green wall systems on display! If hungry, hit Thai restaurant KHA or take a bus to Queensway for lunch.


MKPL designed this; a soaring archway that begins a stretch of canopy-walking all the way to Telok Blangah.
Alexandra Arch


George Legendre of IJP Corporation’s first built experiment of algorithmic architecture, a bridge that spans 5 separate mathematical algorithms that generate the design. It’s the new wave~~~ (pun)!
Henderson Waves


There’s a private location under the cable cars that can be perfect for some quiet reflection. Watching the world move above and enjoying the splendid view ahead, makes you want to linger on.

goes corporate.