Duo win $10k for de­sign to boost well­ness in malls

Start-up co-founders’ pavil­ion stands out among 12 en­tries in URA, Redas con­test

The Straits Times - - HOME - Sue-Ann Tan

When the co-founders of l ocal start-up StandCraft en­tered a com­pe­ti­tion for ideas to im­prove well­ness in ur­ban spa­ces, they did not think they would win it, let alone be close to se­cur­ing a busi­ness deal.

But that is ex­actly what hap­pened for Mr Gal­ven Lee, 29, and Ms Shirley Lee, 27, who started their com­pany last Novem­ber to cre­ate de­signs for phys­i­cal spa­ces. The two are not re­lated.

Their pavil­ion, dubbed Peace and Power, is de­signed for malls.

Equipped with wire­less charg­ing for phones and mo­tion-sen­sor light­ing, the pavil­ion won the pair the top prize of $10,000 in the com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by the Ur­ban Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (URA) and the Real Es­tate De­vel­op­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Sin­ga­pore (Redas).

StandCraft has been ap­proached to cre­ate such a space by a mall.

Its pro­to­type was open to the pub­lic at Raf­fles City Shop­ping Mall and Mil­lenia Walk. Ms Lee, who stud­ied ar­chi­tec­ture, said: “We wanted to cre­ate a space where in­ter­ac­tions could hap­pen within a pub­lic space, and to bring a fun or mem­o­rable mo­ment into the day.”

Cre­at­ing “mo­ments of de­light” can break monotony and im­prove emo­tional well­ness, said Mr Lee, who read his­tory in uni­ver­sity.

Their de­sign was cho­sen from 12 sub­mis­sions and an­nounced as the win­ner yes­ter­day.

The top three pro­to­types were dis­played in six malls for three weeks for pub­lic vot­ing. In all, more than 850 votes were re­ceived.

Be­sides pub­lic votes, the win­ner was also de­cided by a panel of judges from URA, the Sin­ga­pore Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and De­sign and home so­lu­tion com­pany Home Fix.

Prizes were given out by Min­is­ter for So­cial and Fam­ily Devel­op­ment and Sec­ond Min­is­ter for Na­tional Devel­op­ment Des­mond Lee.

“In­no­va­tion can in­volve tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions, so­cial in­no­va­tion and even busi­ness ideas. It can help our city be more live­able and re­silient in a world that is fast-chang­ing,” said Mr Lee in his speech, prais­ing the fi­nal­ists and their projects.

One in­volved fab­ric cush­ions, shaped like the game of five stones, for peo­ple to rest. Its creators, ar­chi­tect Nicholas Yeo, 34, and Ms Sa­man­tha Tan, 29, who is self-em­ployed, are mar­ried with two chil­dren. They said they wanted to make malls more fam­ily-friendly with spa­ces for par­ents and chil­dren to rest.

The third was a punch­ing bag that, when hit, is­sues a pos­i­tive quote from an at­tached printer. Its mak­ers, house­wife Saranya Subra­ma­nian, 32, and her hus­band Pala­niap­pan Shan­mu­ganathan, 37, an en­gi­neer, said it was a stress re­liever.

Redas pres­i­dent Au­gus­tine Tan said the projects are all “very fea­si­ble” for use in pub­lic spa­ces.

ST PHOTO: ARIF­FIN JA­MAR

Ms Shirley Lee and Mr Gal­ven Lee, co-founders of start-up StandCraft, with their win­ning de­sign – the Peace and Power pavil­ion, which is equipped with wire­less charg­ing for phones and mo­tion-sen­sor light­ing.

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