A WATER ODYSSEY: SHOPHOUSE OFFICE

Completed
Singapore
2015

A WATER ODYSSEY: SHOPHOUSE OFFICE

This is the office of Odyssey Capital, a financial advisory and investment firm, located in a conserved shophouse near the Singapore River and Raffles Place financial district. Odyssey Capital manages the Tigris Asia Water Fund which invests in the water industry and companies.

WATER, COPPER PIPES, WAVES, CYAN

The design is inspired by water and an image of water infrastructure on the Client’s website. Copper pipes, the same ones used for water pipes in buildings, are used to make a wave-like screen between the reception, meeting and work areas. At times the porous screen allows light through the various spaces within the well-lit airy shophouse with high sloped ceiling. At other times the screen catches the light and dematerializes to form a soft fluid filter. The three dimensional screen provides privacy through layering, though allowing views through at certain angles. The screen is made using modular units similar to the water infrastructure. The colour of water is chosen to highlight certain architectural elements and to subtly suggest the theme of water. It is also the colour of the copper patina when the copper wave ages in time.

ODYSSEY, MAPS, SEARCH LIGHT

Odyssey, the name of the company, is the other theme. The Client collects odyssey related collectibles such as ancient hand drawn maps and search light, which decorates the spaces of the office.

Featured on Designboom’s OWMF architecture designs interior for odyssey capital in singapore, 20 March 2016, Milan/ Beijing/ New York

Featured by European Copper Institute

Photo credit: www.boontickphoto.com

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