|Category||Sports, Community & Recreation | Conservation & Heritage|
Civil Service Club at Changi
A new relevance
As an addition to the nostalgic coastline of Changi since 2014, the Civil Service Club at Changi was designed to sensitively embrace the tranquil and laid-back charm of the Changi Village area while retaining the existing building structures which date back to colonial times.
Consisting of a new four-storey Recreation Complex and a new four-storey Chalet Block with three Villa Clusters, the design intent of this project was to preserve the clubhouse’s colonial heritage and rejuvenate the surroundings with new recreational and hospitality programmes across three main zones.
Old lattice windows of the single-storey colonial blocks have been reinterpreted and expressed onto the new timber doors of the villas for a nostalgic resort feel. By the use of multiple slender columns and trellises which project a sense of ‘transparency’, the scale of the new buildings is broken down.
The landscape approach took advantage of the proximity to the sea to create a relaxing resort ambience, tying the new architecture seamlessly with the surroundings. Lush green spaces were designed around existing mature rain trees, imbuing the development with a sense of tranquillity. The forecourt, with its textured driveway leading to the pitch-roofed porte-cochère with clipped plantings and decorative pots, evokes colonial architecture. The back of the conserved Meyer House, now the club’s entrance hall, opens up to a panoramic view of Changi beach.
Integrated services provided for this project.