World Architecture Festival moved its home from Barcelona to Asia, closer to the epicenter of the phenomenon impacting the world of architecture and design. Of all the dynamic Asian capitals, Singapor...
World Architecture Festival moved its home from Barcelona to Asia, closer to the epicenter of the phenomenon impacting the world of architecture and design. Of all the dynamic Asian capitals, Singapore was selected to host the annual gathering of architects and building professionals at the iconic Marina Bay Sands Resort from 3rd – 5th October 2012. WOW’s Hospitality think tank enthusiastically accepted an invitation to design the WAF Bar 2012 sponsored by Rider Levett Bucknall.
Our inspiration came from the iconic Singapore bamboo blinds – or ‘Bamboo Chicks’ – used to screen our tropical city from the heat and rain of our equatorial climate. The blinds, which are used throughout Asia, have a distinctive striped paint tradition in Singapore associated with a time when life was laid back and the antidote to the heat was Pimm's or an ice-cold beer.”
Singapore’s Bold Black and White stripped painted bamboo blinds, are recognized globally as icons of the classic Singapore Black and White bungalow, which is now treasured and used for diplomatic venues such as embassies, foundations, clubs and institutions. The elegant striped palette has been present as an iconic image in contemporary Singapore design. We are rethinking and reusing the quintessential bamboo blind with a twist. The alternating color blinds are the graphic standards of the sponsor, blue and white creating a space that embodies the spatial experience of Bamboo Chicks.
For the bar, the bamboo blind was sliced into strips, pulled apart and articulated to permit the space to flow through the bamboo stripes. Like standing within a giant blind, the bar offers a linear dynamic space that is penetrable to allow visitors to walk through the bar’s porous perimeter.