Wong Xinni from the Diploma in Interior Architecture & Design Class of 2008 has walked away with top honors at the Design Excellence Awards 2008, organized by the Interior Design Confederation Singapore (IDC).
Xinni’s brief explored the societal notions of control and suppressed emotions as well as identified the global trend of laughter clubs to develop the concept of a space where people feel comfortable enough to let their guard down and participate in laughter as a form of therapy. In designing this space, Xinni hoped to “detract users from their daily routine to stop and smell the proverbial flower.”
Explaining her designs in her synopsis, Xinni said: “using the idea of wild growth to juxtapose the clinical, sterile manicured lawns of the park, the introduction of organic roof/wall structures would be integrated around the existing building just like how fungi attaches itself to another organism. Organic forms not only feel softer but achieve the aim of contrasting the typical rigid architecture of the corporate buildings, manifesting itself also as a landmark.”
The Design Excellence Awards celebrate the best in their class. Entries in the student category emphasize creative application of colors to interior spaces. It recognizes and acknowledges outstanding works that go beyond just furniture layout, structure or fittings. These entries are exploratory and visionary design works or school projects that answers a brief set by their tutor or the students themselves.
Students at Temasek Design School are encouraged to participate in local and international design opportunities, from design projects with real clients to world class design competitions. Not only do these experiences prepare our students for the working world, in the process, our students are developing their professional creative portfolios as well