Our Roots by Jonas Liang

If the name Jonas Liang sounds familiar, it’s because his Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital project had press coverage in the national Chinese newspaper, Lianhe Zaobao. Jonas is our next GSA graduate, this time from the Interior Design program.

“Our Roots alfresco dining area in Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre invites the community to enjoy and connect with the vast greenery from the central garden and the mangrove forest canopy, which shades and cools users from the local tropical climate. These forms develop collective intersection of spaces, which was inspired by the mangrove forest ecosystem. Our Roots exemplifies the centrality of food in the Singaporean context; it explores the potential of a food scene as an intersection to connect the younger and older generations. Like how food drives an ecosystem, a vibrant food scene with multi-racial roots is the driving force behind this project. I have drawn inspiration from regionalist architect Muzharul Islam who uses intersections to weave basic geometric structures into a holistic space. I used basic lines to form webs of intersection and these symbolise areas of congregation.”

Jonas will be showing his work at the GSA Degree show at DECK. The show opens on July 9 and runs until July 15.



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