The art of articulating space rich in culture and heritage
Led by duo Jack Liew and Lei Aye (from right to left), Ensemble Studio’s design philosophy borders on reinventing spatial realms within its local context into a cohesive visual poetry enhanced by light, form and spatial order.
The team’s winning projects include spaces transformed richly immersed in culture and heritage with evocative use of raw materials articulated as Villa Nine, Xian Rose Clubhouse and Qujiang International School. The projects was awarded Best of Best for SIDA CONCEPT 2018, a prestigious award by the Society of Interior Designers Singapore.
The villa incorporates subtle local influences to foster a connection with nature. The pursuit of “contemporary orientalism” is reflected in details as simple frames, subtle curves, and vertical heights. A monochromatic architectural palette is used with a stronger contrast scheme for the furnishings, wall and floor textures.
Symmetry and balance play a big part in the layouts and spatial composition. All rooms include individual retail like wardrobe spaces, shoe, and bag display system. A full gym and sunken basketball court with an open view to the outdoor koi pond and family deck.
Villa Nine is designed as a tranquil home to a family of nine. The Chang’an Flower is an inspiration and symbol of one’s harmony with nature – alluding to how one should tread lightly in our environment and to possess inner peace.
Xian Rose Clubhouse
The luxurious clubhouse adopts principals of contemporary Oriental design, abstracting the Spirit of the Chinese courtyard in the core of the building. As a calligraphist would contemplate every brushstroke, every level embodies a blank canvas, using movement, vigour and pattern as the design gesture throughout to transform this four-storey clubhouse, complete with a wellness centre, swimming pool, restaurants, cinema, library and a subterranean car park into a top-of-the-line chic recreation park for the guests and residents.
Perched on the prominent edge of the Qujiang Nature Reserve, the Xian Rose Clubhouse is to be the mediative entrance portal of the luxurious Xian Rose Garden Villa development - ushering all arriving guests from the bustle of the city into the tranquil of this green oasis.
Qujiang International School
The design of the school champions learning for students from junior, senior high and the International cohorts. The entire campus is shaped in a figure “8” with two central courtyard breakout spaces to facilitate the main flux of students down from the classes to the basement levels where the cafeterias, supermarket and recreational center are located.
Activity clusters where students learn through “engagement” with other groups or being “autonomous” in self-study. Circulation and pod spaces encourage informal interaction and group participation in the exchange of ideas. Each class adopts a flexible furniture system which can be converted into either linear or cluster learning.