News: Winners of Archifest 2014 Pavilion Design Competition to Build Festival’s Centre

Returning for its 8th year come this September, Archifest 2014 will feature the theme CROWD, which seeks to open up discussions on how the notion of Crowd operates and contributes to architecture and urbanism, through an engaging line-up of exhibitions, activities and speakers that visitors can look forward to.

Credit: Archifest Facebook Page

The Pavilion, which will be the main base of Archifest 2014 where the various events and activities start from or run within the space, will physically embody the spirit of this year’s theme ‘CROWD’ and it will be built by the winners (yes, not just one but TWO winners) of its Archifest 2014 Pavilion Design Competition, that was held in June, for its upcoming event.

The winners are Architect Fong Hoo Cheong of ‘HCF and Associates’, and Architect Kelvin Kan and Lead Designer Shinya Okuda of AgFacadesign and NUS’.

SIA’s President and Pavilion Jury member, Theodore Chan commented, “The winning entries were chosen based on how well this year’s theme was encompassed in their designs. Each winning submission is independently exceptional. This unprecedented outcome is due to the highest quality of the winning submissions and the intensity of the design competition recording the highest number of top quality submissions in the history of Archifest. Both design proposals have shown great flexibility in accommodating various people and the different activities, as well as, showcased the architectural idea of people and their ability to empower change within the city. We are excited to see how collaboration between the two winners will culminate towards the Archifest 2014 pavilion. ”


‘HCF and Associates’ and ‘AgFacadesign and NUS’ were awarded this year for their design concept entries titled, ‘FUGUE 1357’ and ‘CLOUD ARCH’ respectively. As winners, both firms will be given a budget of $50,000 to build the Pavilion which will span across up to 623 sqm, and an additional $8,000 in professional fees. (Please refer to ANNEX A for the Design Concepts of Winners as attached)

Credit: Architect Kelvin Kan and Lead Designer Shinya Okuda of ‘AgFacadesign and NUS’ - Cloud Arch

Credit: Architect Fong Hoo Cheong of ‘HCF and Associates’ - Fugue 1357 (as seen on Archifest FB Page)

The public can look forward to the final design of the Pavilion, which will be a physical manifestation of the combined ideas between the two winning entries, at Archifest 2014 held from 26 September to 11 October 2014

The two-week long festival will be anchored at the Archifest Pavilion, situated at the Marina Bay Event Plaza with a pop-up café.
The festival will also feature Urban LabArchifest ConferenceArchitours and other fringe events, to be announced later.

For more information on Archifest 2014, please visit:




Information as kindly provided by Archifest 2014 and SPRG.
Visuals / images as provided by AgFacadesign and NUS (Cloud Arch) & HCF and Associates (Fugue 1357).

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News: Bare Your Sole 2014 raises close to S$300,000 for charity with the support of 5,000 pairs of bare feet

Last weekend, Bare Your Sole 2014 saw 5,000 participants walk barefoot to help raise close to S$300,000 in the fight against homelessness and poverty.

Funds raised will benefit Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s local programme Project HomeWorks, an initiative designed to improve the living conditions of the elderly, the sick and the physically-challenged living in one-room flats across Singapore. This includes mobilising volunteers to do proper clean-ups, conduct repair and paint works, and replace bedbug-infested furniture.

“This year marks the sixth edition of Bare Your Sole, and it is heartening to see the community grow from strength to strength since its inception,” said Mr Yong Teck Meng, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Singapore. “We are thankful to everyone who has contributed to Bare Your Sole and for making a difference in the lives of others.”

The barefoot charity walk was held at the iconic Gardens by the Bay East, where participants from all walks of life, had the choice to trek along a 2.5km or 5km scenic route to show their support for the cause. Rallying the enthusiastic crowd and amongst the 5,000 strong troop were Habitat Ambassadors – Television host, film producer and former Nominated Member of Parliament, Eunice Olsen, model, actor and host, Paul Foster and travel host and writer, Anita Kapoor.

“It’s so heart-warming to know that Bare Your Sole has grown in support and participation, and everyone who has participated today or in the past has contributed to making a difference to the lives of those we try to help,” said Eunice Olsen, Goodwill Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Singapore. “After all, it is the little things we do that make the bigger difference.”

Making up the 5,000 participants were over 50 migrant workers from Kim Seng Heng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd, some of which were inspired by personal events back home and wanted to do their part for the Singaporean community.

“Bare Your Sole is an event that my colleagues and myself enjoy and relate to, as some of our families back home do not have a decent place to live in,” said Mr. Raman Ganesan, Safety Coordinator of Kim Seng Heng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd. “I am glad to have had the opportunity to contribute my share to this meaningful event.”

Families and friends enjoyed the day out at Bare Your Sole with a variety of live performances by local acts, and dug into a wide selection of food and beverage. Entertainment such as face painting and balloon sculpting kiosks, along with cotton candy and popcorn stands were also made available for the young and the young at heart.ung and the young at heart.


About Habitat for Humanity Singapore

Habitat for Humanity Singapore is a Christian non-profit housing organisation, working for people of all backgrounds regardless of their race, language or religion. Since its inception in 2004, Habitat for Humanity Singapore seeks to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by working alongside homeowners to build simple, decent houses. Anchored by the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity Singapore has continually mobilised volunteers under its Global Village programme for building projects and disaster response all over the world, including China, the Philippines and India. Locally, Habitat for Humanity Singapore started Project HomeWorks, a program that seeks to improve the living conditions, safety and sanitation of the growing number of vulnerable elderly across the island. Habitat for Humanity Singapore has mobilized hundreds of volunteers to clean-up and furnish the homes of these elderly since 2006. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit or contact us at


Information and visuals as kindly provided by Habitat for Humanity Singapore and Porter Novelli.

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