Creating Liveable Habitats
The Singapore-based architecture practice WOHA was started in 1994 by Wong Munsumm (Architect from the National University of Singapore) and Richard Hassell (Architect from the University of Western Australia). Its name was derived from the initial letters of the founders’ names, Wong and Hassell. The practice currently has projects in Singapore, India, Australia and Indonesia ranging from apartment towers to luxury resorts, mass-transit stations, condominiums, hotels, educational institutions and public buildings. to offer tribute to the legendary architect charles correa, ambuja Neotia group organized the 2nd edition of “charles correa annual memorial lecture” in Kolkata on June24th. architect Richard hassell, one of the founders of Woha, addressed the audience. in an interview with Realty Plus, he spoke about his work and charles correa design philosophy. “Munsumm and I met when we were working at another firm in Singapore. We discovered that we have similar views when it came to our design philosophy and aesthetic and in 1994 we founded WOHA. Like any new firm, we had smaller projects in the beginning, but the turning point was when we won an anonymous competition for two MRT Stations in Singapore. Since then we have been able to work on many inspiring projects, in the public and private sector and we are very happy to have expanded to also working beyond Singapore’s borders in India, Bangladesh, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia.” Richard elaborated.
Like Correa, some of WOHA’S projects also incorporate painted surfaces to create illusions and points of visual interest. Finally, you can see parallels between the roofscapes at Correa’s Bharat Bhavan and the roofscapes that we integrated into the landscape concept at our Intercontinental Sanya Resort in China.
richard hassell with harshavardhan neotia