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Sep 5, 2007

A PIECE OF GOOD NEWS


Kusnin and I are so happy that Singapore design is receiving international acclaim again.

Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell of homegrown architecture firm Woha Architects recently received the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture for its 1 Moulmein Rise project. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, established in 1977 by the Aga Khan, recognises examples of architectural excellence that encompass contemporary design, social housing, community improvement and development, restoration, re-use, and area conservation, as well as landscaping and environmental issues.

The 28-storey 1 Moulmein Rise boasts solutions to deal with high-rise living in the tropics such as the use of monsoon windows, which are special horizontal windows in each apartment to let in the breeze but keep out the rain, and designing the condominium to face the north-south so as to avoid direct sunlight.

Both of us have been admirers of Woha's works for some time, and really hope this award will further establish them as world-class architects to watch out for in time to come.


Stan


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