The experience center is located within an existing 1500 square meter rectangular exhibition hall that is four storeys high. With heavy, concrete supports and a regular floor plan, the old structure was sterile and uninspiring.
Following that, entire walls and ceilings were cladded with wood. Movable and foldable wooden doors were then installed, to achieve a functional flexibility that equips the studio to deal with different occasions.
One of the most distinctive elements of the building is its façade. Featuring a hexagonal pattern, the long vertical windows of the lobby area can be opened or closed according to functional requirements.
Triz Arte Showroom functions as the reception of Singapore design firm Triz Arte. With fluid forms and sinuous lines, the showroom is an embodiment of the firm’s design philosophy, whch strives to harness the merits of both art and architecture. The design won an international award administered by Contract Magazine in 2010.
The showroom asserts a definitive presence in a humble brick building which used to function as a warehouse storage facility. Sinuous surfaces and fluid lines break away from angular restraints of the original space to evoke exquisite geometries, documenting seamless gestures frozen in time.
The space, like its fluid forms, is innovative and contingent, and can be altered according to events and needs. Invisible hinges and concealed alcoves transform the space from a showroom to a discussion room for meetings with clients.
With a few simple motions, functional elements are revealed. The movable components and customized objects fully utilize the leftover niches from the creation of organic forms. A space of movement and surprises, functionality is realized together with the radicalism of form.
Atmospheric and surreal, the fluid contours of the space are suggestive yet ambivalent. In the mind of the observer, this could be a dreamscape, where meaning is multifarious and unbridled. Like a piece of abstract art, the formal ambiguity of the space becomes a canvas for one’s imagination.
Triz Arte is a Singapore-based design firm headed by Thriza Teo.