Team Studio Somapah, representing SUTD, bagged the Merit Prize at the International Building Design Competition 2020, held in conjunction with International Built Environment Week (IBEW) 2020, and organised by Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
The competition began in February 2020, and Team Studio Somapah was among the 25 teams that were shortlisted for the final presentation in July. Congratulations to Team Studio Somapah!
Lucas Ngiam, Naomi Wong, Lester Lim, Teo Shao Tian, Benedict Tan and Thet Naung Oo
Microcosm seeks to address sustainability through two aspects: lifestyle and construction methodology. Besides a clear green vision of an urban farming integrated housing programme which seeks to propose sustainable lifestyle choices and habits, efficient 3D printing construction technology is integrated to streamline the sustainable construction process to create a mixed-use development of the future.
The flexibility and adaptability of the scheme ensure the relevancy of this development with the changes in demographics and time.
Project Concept Statement
Within the project’s scheme, we are addressing sustainability through two aspects: Lifestyle and Construction Methodology.
Urban farming integrated housing and commerce is proposed to encourage sustainable lifestyle choices and habits while 3d printing as a construction technology is explored to streamline the construction process and provide high customizability to the homeowners.
Microcosm is also shaped by several built sustainable features which can be found within both of the residential blocks and commercial podium.
The features within the commercial podium has
The features within the residential area includes:
The curved canopy also helps to direct rainwater to catchment areas and gives room for hardy plants to grow (like the money plant). It provides extra layer of protection for the users of the rooftop space.
Project Development Roadmap
We had projected a possible road map for the project from the design development down to the post construction stage while accounting for how 3d printing technologies will change the traditional processes.
Unit Adaptability to User’s Preferences
The customization and flexibility offered by the 3d printing method adopted for Microcosm allows for innovative unit designs. Some uses configurable parts to make it future proof and minimize unnecessary renovation works.