Augmenting Existing Connections
The architects’ various design interventions shared one common thread – they all sought to create maximum impact with tactical design moves that took advantage of elements that the site or existing building already offered. Across the sports centre, small but smart adaptations help to amplify certain “found conditions.” Take for example the adjacent overhead pedestrian bridge across the MRT tracks. The architects extended this bridge into the centre, stitching it with an existing passageway to create a legible circulation spine that links to the hockey stadium and sports hall. The result is an active vector of user movement that breathes new life within the building’s second floor.
Other existing elements are surgically intervened upon or subtly altered with a designer’s sensitivity and intention. These moves add up incrementally to create an architecture of maximum impact. A former children’s pool is transformed into an attractive ground scape feature complementing the lap pool. Part of the hockey stadium’s sitting gallery is surgically demolished to fit in more futsal courts. The drab walls to the sports hall’s street façade – originally a dumb box – are demolished to reveal sculptural staircase that articulates the building’s corner. The path of an interior running track is subtly layered to circulate through and adjacent to the building. These design interventions are akin to acts of acupuncture – precise moves that inject new life into the body.