Cre­at­ing Live­able Habi­tats

Realty Plus - - Editor-In-Chief Note -

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

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