Problem Framing• To provide a “linkage” between all the museums around the area, which includes Singapore Art Museum, Singapore National Museum and Peranakan Museum.• Target Audience: Tourists and visitors to the museums.
Scenario• John Frank, from England, is in Singapore for his holidays. He is interested to visit the museums among the other places of interests in Singapore. On a fine morning, he began his trip by first visiting the Singapore Art Museum. After visiting the Singapore Art Museum, he took a rest and had some refreshments at the cafe. He now wanted to visit the other 2 museums, namely National Museum of Singapore and the Peranakan Museum. However, he felt lost as he did not know how to move from the Singapore Art Museum over to the National Museum of Singapore, or to the Peranakan Museum.
Basic Route Layout with Important Landmarks Bras Besah Traffic light SMU open MRT Station SAM connecting to area (Exit A) SMUTraffic light Traffic light SMU schoolconnecting to National connecting to ofshop houses Museum National accountancybeside Museum and lawPeranakanMuseum Shop houses Peranakan Museum
Observations made• The route from SAM to National Museum has more green while the route from National Museum to Peranakan Museum is filled with olden architecture.• It is not easy to find the way from National Museum to Peranakan Museum (observation from tourists).• Bras Besah Mrt Station’s exit A is just directly beside SAM.• Not enough shelters along the route taken.• Route shows a transition from modern to olden architecture.
Design Considerations• The linkages have to be able to blend in the surroundings of Dhoby Ghaut.• Way-finding should be made easy for the tourists to find their way through the 3 museums.• Engaging linkages while going from one place to another to minimise boredom.• Providing enough space for tourists to walk through the linkage against sun and rain.
Design Constraints• Linkage has to allow tourists to move to and fro. (user freedom)• The route consists of 3 traffic lights that will “break” the linkage and thus way-finding has to be clear to guide the tourists to the next part of the linkage.• The linkage has to be able to suit the different themes of each museum with different surroundings.
Ideation• Linkages made of hedges.• Skypark + sky-hedges.• Exhibition park + exhibition linkages.• Hanging exhibits (acting as way-finding elements.)• Engaging way-finding elements.• Linkages designed to look either modern architecture feel or olden architecture feel explaining history of the area.• Roof of linkage designed with relation to Bras Besah Mrt Station.
Main Design Concept• An exhibition park to be created at the open green area of SMU campus, making use of the wide green space with the seats and can be a meeting point and resting spot for tourists (see next slide for more details).• Linkages will be made along the routes to provide shelter for the visitors and also being designed to create clear way finding for the visitors.
Bird’s eye view of the area for exhibition park
Exhibits will beeither hanged onthe trees orplaced under thetrees. Linkages along this area to guide visitors to SAM or National Museum
Comparison between the designs Criteria Design 1 Design 2 Design 3 Being able to blend in Yes Yes Yes with the surroundings Way finding Yes No No Engaging Yes Yes Yes Space No Yes Yes-Design 1 will not be able to provide too much space for the tourists due tothe “leaves” which are not as long as compared to shelters.-Design 2 and 3 will not be able to enhance way-finding due to them blendinginto the surroundings compared to Design 1 which can attract and helpvisitors with the “leaves lightings”.
Further usage of designs• Design 1 will be placed at positions which requires very clear way finding and direction (eg. traffic lights) because of the very distinctive “tree with leaves growing sideways” view, plus the lighted leaves at night to guide visitors.• Design 2 will be mainly focused more on the walkways and pavements to provide shelter.• Design 3 will be used at the exhibition park and National Museum so that visitors can easily access the place.