The Peranakan Collective

In the floral area, each ‘stalk’ consists of a floral motif inspired by Peranakan artefacts

The project site is in an alley between rows of shophouses near 243 Joo Chiat Road in Katong, Singapore, populated by Peranakans (Straits Chinese) and Eurasians since the early 20th Century. Situated in a neighbourhood with a rich Peranakan culture, the project aims to redefine the typical Peranakan Shophouse typologies by translating key ethnic motifs into an interacting spatial experience and transforming an underused alley into a space for discovery.

The area’s identity is especially shaped by its unique pre-war architecture of colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses with ornate façades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

 Through a visual study of motifs and curation of artefacts such as Nyonya ware and the evolution of handicrafts, the interesting characteristics of each motif are translated and developed into interactive and spatial qualities within a room. Together, the importance of visual art and spatial typologies will be redefined and integrated into an exciting experience to give visitors a new and different look into the Peranakan culture.

This is an excerpt. The original article is published in Construction+ Q2 2022 Issue: Technology & Innovation.
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Project Name
The Peranakan Collective
An alley between shophouses near 243 Joo Chiat Road, Katong, Singapore
Building Height
2 storeys
Student Name
Jovina Yong Jih Ying
Singapore Polytechnic, School of Architecture & The Built Environment
Diploma in Interior Design
Mohd Faizan Shah
Jovina Yong Jih Ying