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Architecture x Design • Selected Works 2017 - 2019

Ian Soon Born 1995, Republic of Singapore Studies Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design Expected Date Of Graduation : Aug 2019 2012 - 2013 : Catholic Junior College, GCE A - Levels 2014 - 2015 : National Service, Singapore Armed Forces 2016 - 2019 : Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) 05-08. 2018 : Architectural intern at Balmond Studio, Colombo

Awards National Climate Change Competition, NCCS Merit Award | 2013 Japan Seminar for Technology and Sustainability Merit Award | 2017 iLight Singapore Student Award Finalist | 2018

Skills Adobe Suite| Rhinoceros | Grasshopper | Python | Revit


Table Of Contents

Selected Works Brani Redux

Restoration Of An Island's Landscape To Form Singapore's New Waterfront 2019


Fractured Coherence


Founders' Memorial Singapore






Constructive Interference


High Density Urban Living with Transit Oriented Connection 2018

A Memorial To Commemorate Singapore’s Founding Generation 2017

Sports Complex In A Shophouse 2017

Aperture Integrated Spatial Joint 2018

iLight Singapore Bicentennial Edition | Student Competition 2019

Site Brani Island


Restoration Of An Island's Landscape To Form Singapore's New Waterfront This project asks the questions: What happens when the Port of Singapore Authority's lease on Brani Island expires in 2027? What kind of character should the island assume in relation to its role as part of the Greater Southern Waterfront masterplan? By tracing maps to reveal historical thresholds, the project takes into account Brani's identity as an indigenous fishing settlement before the island was closed off to the public for land reclamation to support port activities in the late 1960s. Additionally, the proposal seeks to realise the potential of the existing infrastructures on the island to create heritage, to leave behind traces of Brani's history during its "lost" decades when its access was restricted to the public. Cranes and shipping containers from the port and the subterranean concrete pilotis system were re-purposed to create a variety of programmes and spaces that activate the island in during different phases of development.

Brani Redux

Typology Landscape

Year 2019

Collaborators Chan Chuen Yan Althea

Course Sustainable Design Option Studio 1

Instructor Philipp Urech (Future Cities Lab)

Brani Island Axonometric overall urban strategy depicting the freshwater dike


Tracing The Past By superimposing old maps of Brani, historic thresholds were revealed, providing insight into how the island was landfilled and subsequently expanded with the use of a pilotis grid. Taking references from indigenous houses on stilts that once stood on Brani before its residents were evicted, the scheme sought to create a linear park on pilotis on the north edge of the island.

freshwater reservoir Brani Redux


Site Plan

The proposed urban strategy was to limit development to the northern edge of the island, hosting a suite of programmes such as mixed-used commercial and retail, as well as the development of a linear pilotis waterfront park on the north edge. Additionally, a freshwater dike was created on the northern edge of the island to allow for an increased water catchment area and support water sport activities.

Section Through Ridge With CBD In The Backdrop 7

Projections Of The Past The idea was to exploit the remaining subterranean pilotis system to create a new waterfront exposing the former seawall to its users. The concrete on the island will be cut, exposing the water below as well as allowing coral reefs to flourish with increased sunlight.

Infrastructure Existing cranes and containers on the island will be repurposed into a linear park, leaving behind traces of Brani's port history through crane tracks. Containers will be filled with soil and planted with trees to provide shading along the linear park.

Section Through Linear Crane Park

Brani Redux

Perspective Of Commercial And Retail Buldings Fronted By Inner Pilotis Waterfront

Section Through "Waterfront" Exposing The Subterranean Pilotis


Phasing Strategy


Existing cranes and containers are left behind when the port lease expires

10 years

Creation of dike and link bridge to redirect traffic circulation from the CBD into Brani. The northern pilotis park and linear crane park are developed to complement developments on Keppel

15 years

25 years

The concrete is cut to create the inner pilotis "waterfront", exposing the former seawall before the island was extensively reclaimed.

The city blocks are fully developed into an urban environment that coexists with the crane park and pilotis waterfront.

Brani Redux

Pointcloud Visualisation waterfront with container retail outlets and crane park in the backdrop

Pointcloud Visualisation linear crane park with containers as planter boxes


Site Punggol Central

FRACTURED COHERENCE High Density Urban Housing

Fractured Coherence aims to stitch seemingly disparate elements from a complex urban housing environment in a coherent manner, promoting social cohesion. By taking a ground-up approach, various architectural systems are synthesized to form a cogent housing system that can be adapted to varying scales across the 7.5 ha site in Punggol Central. This project explores the usage of the fracture as an architectural tool to organise the various themes of the project such as connectivity, enclosure, program, circulation and privacy into a coherent living system.

Fractured Coherence

Typology Living Systems (Public Housing)

Year 2018

Course Architecture Core Studio III

Mentor Trevor Patt


Fractured Coherence

Transit-Oriented Connections The project's adjacency to Punggol MRT and bus interchange required addressing issues such as privacy and connectivity, to strike a delicate balance between the public domain and the private realm. As a testbed for the future car-lite Punggol, no parking facility was included in this project, thereby demanding strategic connections to the surrounding transit system.

Sectional Perspective Through Transit Connection 15

Procedural Form

Layer 2

The existing pedestrian paths surrounding the site were mapped. By predefining the location of specific entry points into the site, a network of paths was generated by controlling parameters such as the number of arms (branches) in each node and the variable angle of each branch.

Layer 1

Original Network

Highest Connectivity Extent of Connectivity Delaunay Connectivity Layer 2

Tree Depth = 4 Max Arms = 4 Random Connection per Line Direction of Vectors = random

Layer 1 Original Network

Networks : Generative Synthesis

Max Arms = 3

Max Arms = 5

Max Arms = 6

Secondary and tertiary networks were also generated and subsequently used in the project to organize spaces around the circulation paths, fracturing the site yet increasing its connectivity across the three plots.

Fractured Coherence

Systems-Based Approach The given site was three distinct plots of land with adjacencies to the MRT and bus interchange. Residential, commercial and communal programmes are woven together and organized around layers of pedestrian networks, enhancing the accessibility for residents as well as giving the general public multiple options to connect to the adjacent transit.

By means of fracturing the spaces via the pedestrian networks generated, large daunting spaces were broken up into perceptually smaller spaces to create segments of different experiences for the residents and the non-residents traversing across the site to access the public transit system. For the scope of this project, only a selected parcel of land would eventually be developed into a full-scale housing concept from the original three plots provided.

Study Model Of The Generated Networks In The Context Of Punggol Central


Massing Strategy

The existing site had pathways longer than 50m, and were not shaded from the sun.

A network of paths, with each segment not exceeding 35m was generated to ensure walkability.

The ground plane was fractured to create a sunken plaza, distilling the crowd from the underground MRT station.

The massing was extruded according to the paths.

Based on solar irradiance analysis, the external surface of the building was fractured to create more overhangs on the exterior. Pulling apart the volumes at the top also allowed more light into the interior public courtyards.

Fractured Coherence

Communal Space Bridges at the residential level are fractured to create a double volume communal space for recreational activities.

Secondary Connection Skybridges connect the blocks separated by the main road, also serving as an important transit connection (Bus & MRT/LRT) for the public.

Bus Interchange The size of the existing bus interchange was reduced by 40%, as the interchange would be relocated underground in the masterplan.

L2 Deck Besides serving as a transit connection, various amenities such as food, retail and childcare are placed to activate the space.

Fractured Network The paths on the ground plane was broken up into smaller segments to give the perception of a shorter transit space.

Distinct Lift/Stair Core A fractured circulation to give residents freedom of choice to utilize any lift/stairs, allowing multiple access points throughout the estate. More transient connections would create opportunities for casual interaction between residents.

Sunken Plaza The ground was fractured to create a primary interface to the underground MRT, distilling the crowd into a larger socal space.

MRT Platform -8.5m below ground level

Axonometric Of Selected Parcel 19

Sectional Model underground MRT connection via sunken communal plaza

Sectional Model Pulling apart of top volume to allow for more sunlight into bottom levels of the massing



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Ground Plan

2nd Storey Community Deck Plan Legend

Fractured Coherence

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Bicycle Parking Playground Fractured Pond Retail Badminton Court

6. 7. 8. 9.

Fitness Corner Food Centre Pre-School/Childcare Activity Plaza

View from stairs leading to the community deck

Community & Transit Deck As a mixed-used transit-oriented development, the bottom layers of the project offer an opportunity for users to make multiple small transient connections, aimed at fostering interactivity between the residents and the general public. Commercial and social programmes are woven together into a three-layer deck, starting from an underground plaza connecting to the MRT at the basement level, leading up to the ground level and the double-volume transit deck that spans across the main road.

Transit deck with overhead bridge connection across the main road in the background (top) Ground plane circulation with underground plaza leading to the basement MRT (bottom) 21

Studio Plan The residential units were fractured by a series of negative spaces throughout the entire level, serving as a stitch to knot neighbouring units together. Residents can enter their units in privacy and emerge from their service areas, interacting with their neighbours through the corridor. Sharp angles helped to maintain a sense of privacy among residents, while promoting social interaction through the corridors.

Duplex Apartment Plans

Typical Level Plan

Unit Sizes in square meters S = 65 2A = 100 2B = 90 3A = 125 3B = 115 3G = 130

2 - Bedroom Apartment Plan Fractured Coherence

3 - Bedroom Apartment Plan

Partial Unit Model

The Corridor Reimagined Activating A Dead Space Instead of being limited to a purely transitory role, the corridors at the residential level were explored as a tool for social interaction. The service areas of each unit were arranged to partially adjoin with the neighbouring units, allowing residents to strike conversations at the traditionally construed 'back-of-house'. These pockets of small activity are aligned to the detached corridor space, creating a lively 'streetscape' in the sky.

the corridor as a tool for social interaction

Adjacencies Interaction between residents at their 'back-of-house'

The Corridor Reimagined a lively 'streetscape' in the sky 23

Site Gardens By The Bay East

FOUNDERS' MEMORIAL A Memorial To Commemorate Singapore’s Founding Generation

A Founders Memorial Committee (FMC) was convened in 2015 to explore the idea of a memorial to honour independent Singapore’s founders. The project called for design suggestions for the Founders Memorial, to be exhibited to the stakeholders as potential options for development. Situated in Bay East Gardens, the site offers panoramic views of the cityscape emblematic of the modern Singapore. The memorial aims to offers visitors an opportunity to experience the different qualities of water through an immersive experience, and explore the vital role of water in shaping Singapore’s history. Streams of water were interwoven across the site, gradually leading to the entrance of the underwater pavilion, enabling visitors to traverse through and emerge on the roof deck and be greeted by a view of the Singapore skyline once again.

Founders' Memorial

Typology Memorial

Year 2017

Collaborators Lim Kian Chong Ong Weung Kee

Course Architecture Core Studio 1

Instructor Erwin Viray

Perspective View Of The Submerged Pavilion Against The Backdrop Of The Skyline the roofscape of the pavilion changes with the fluctuating tide


Chasing Streams pondering over the source of the water

In the style of Bernard Tschumi Parc de la Villette proposal, we conceived the site plan through a series of nodes, ensuring that the site remains continuously engaging to its visitors. From the visitors' arrival and drop-off point on the eastern end of the Gardens, water channels which traverse the entire site were created in the hopes of inciting curiosity amongst the visitors, allowing them to speculate where the water will lead them to. Pathways run alongside the streams of water, intersecting at predetermined nodes across the site. By following the streams of water, visitors will meander across the Gardens. Eventually, these streams will culminate into a larger water body and a fountain in a central piazza, denoting the entrance to the underwater pavilion.

Site Plan Depicting The Interweaving Streams

Render streams eventually culminate into a waterscape feature at the entrance of the submerged pavilion Founders' Memorial

Form morphology : orienting towards the skyline

Changing Tides With Changing Times

At normal tide, the water level is tangent to the surface of the platform

Pavilion Model

When the tide rises, users can feel the ebb and flow of the water beneath their feets, leaving only the higher parts of the platform dry

Section visitors eventually emerge onto the roof deck of the pavilion greeted by the iconic Singapore skyline

Chasing Streams leading to entrance of the submerged pavilion

Immerse underwater rain room 27

Perspective roof deck of the submerged pavilion turns into a lively waterscape with fluctuating tide

Founders' Memorial


Site Amoy Street

STACK Sports Complex In A Shophouse The project seeks to replace the existing Eng Choon Hway Kuan building on 105 Amoy Street, with a small neighbourhood recreation centre by responding sensitively to the negative space within and without. Stack compacts a badminton hall, two squash courts and a bowling alley into the constraints of the long and narrow space of the shophouse. The proposed intervention seeks to utilize staircases as spectator stands, overlooking into the positive spaces of activity.


Typology Shophouse

Year 2017

Course Core Studio I

Mentor Erwin Viray


Squash Court

Sports Hall


Squash Court Bowling Alley

Plans From left to right: Basement (bowling alley), Ground, Second and Third floor plans

Render Cafe overlooking the multi-purpose sports hall with alfresco dining on the rooftop


Sports Hall Squash Court Squash Court

Bowling Alley

Short Sections

Render Reception area with stairs leading to sports facilities

Concept Model Exploration using staircases as spectator stands


Sports Hall

Squash Court 2 Locker Rooms

Squash Court 1


Bowling Alley

Longitudinal section


Typology Joinery System

IRIS Aperture Integrated Spatial Joint The challenge given was to design a parametric node as a joinery technique that could be used in the construction of complex geometries. Our group explored the concept of the nodes having the potential to vary the amount of light entering an envelop. Digital fabrication techniques such as the laser machine waterjet cutter were employed to rapidly produce the prototype and cut sheet metal for the final product.


Year 2018

Collaborators Emma Lim Ong Huisin Ruby Chau

Mentors Stylianos Dritsas


Concept Kinetic aperture integrated into the centre of the node

Exploded Axonometric


Prototyping with plywood before water jetting

Locking mechanism Teeth were created to slot into holes from the top and bottom so as to ensure that the plates were secure on both ends.

Form Refinement The top and bottom plates are tapered to reduce material wastage


The Node Reimagined An aperture integrated joint to vary the degree of light that permeates a space frame



Competition : iLight Student Award 2019

CONSTRUCTIVE INTERFERENCE Finalist At The iLight Singapore Bicentennial Edition Constructive Interference aims to bridge people together through the use of light and matter. Moments of unpredictability in human interactions are captured on both ends of the artwork, manifesting itself into an array of light and colours that converges towards the middle in a wavelike form. Spanning 15 metres across North Boat Quay, its unique manipulation of light translates the imperceptible kinetic energy of its users into a discernible physical manifestation, one that amplifies or diminishes depending on the actions of its users. Its structure—dynamic; its ever-changing form—a testament to Singapore’s boom and bust.

Project was exhibited at the iLight Singapore 2019 from 28 Jan to 24 Feb in conjunction with the launch of the Singapore Bicentennial

Constructive Interference

Site North Boat Quay

Typology Art/Lighting Installation

Year 2018-2019

Collaborators Fadhilah Nordin Hendriko Teguh Michelle Gouw Tan Zhiwei

Status Completed

Mentors Carlos Banon Felix Raspall


Competition : iLight Student Award 2019

Concept As part of the Bicentennial theme "Bridges of Time", the installation explores how the intangible actions of individuals can result in a tangible manifestation in the form of lights, as a metaphor for the unquantifiable efforts behind the collective nation building of modern Singapore.

Interactions between a user at one end with another user at the other promotes a collaborative effort.

The interactions send out controlled colours along the length of the installation.

Depending on the actions of the users, different colours will emerge from both ends of the installation, converging towards the middle in a wavelike fashion.

Constructive Interference



T-Slot Aluminium extrusion 40x40


Angle Bracket 80x80 Polycarbonate tube 25x25

2400mm 0

WS2812b Led Strip with adhesive

Frame blow up


Conceptual Render Night view from the Promontory looking towards Collyer Quay



300mm 600mm




Competition : iLight Student Award 2019


2952mm 15000mm



View From Across North Boat Quay



Scale 1:75

Constructive Interference

Aerial Shot From Riverwalk


Competition : iLight Student Award 2019

View With CBD In The Background

Constructive Interference



Competition : iLight Student Award 2019

Installation With The Historic Elgin Bridge In The Backdrop

Constructive Interference

An unprecedented first, the iLight event was extended to include the historic Fort Canning Hill in addition to the Marina Bay and Singapore River as part of the SG Bicentennial. Located at the thresholds of the old and new, this site was instrumental in bridging the festival-goers from the ultra modern CBD to the historic Raffles Terrace on Fort Canning Hill.

Fireworks Launched In Celebration Of The Lunar New Year


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