Singapore Wine Vault is a fine wine storage facility
located in a food factory estate on the island’s far west.
The building’s metal wrapping acknowledges its industrial neighbours while
veiling external services. The myriad perforations in this aluminium skin,
inspired by the image of stacked bottles in storage and permuted from four
pattern modules, abstracts and makes visible the building’s hyper-insulated
interior function on the outside.
The drive up the ramped building, in being nondescript of space and place, preludes the surprise of arriving on the sixth floor to an unexpected calm oasis that is a water court. Over the quiet expanse of water the eye travels to a low skyline of architecture whose forms, proportions, junctions and surfaces are softened by both material elements and atmosphere.
Elements of nature are applied
to built form and vice versa—
such as when a forest of
columns, rising from the paved
floor carries on to grassed
terrain to blend with trees.
The experience of spaces—really of water, bark, stone, light and open air that verge on various dining, lounge, work and social spaces is intensified by the counterpoint of this being an industrial site.