19 Dec '14, 6am

“Do what you do best – and the factors involved will determine whether you succeed or not.” - Tan Kok Hiang #PDA2014

There is good reason Tan Kok Hiang describes his own architectural style as “thoughtful”. Take one of his favourite projects, the S$7.8m Assyafaah Mosque in Singapore. An architectural statement that has received multiple awards both locally and internationally, it neatly epitomises Kok Hiang’s approach to architecture: understanding the raison d’être of a building and creating a design that conveys this in context. Dispensing with traditional domes and arches, the contemporary mosque looks different from what one would normally expect of such a building. “Most mosques in Singapore are very Middle-Eastern modelled, so you’ll see arches and domes. And I used to think that they had nothing to do with Singapore”, he explains. Instead, Kok Hiang designed a thoroughly contemporary structure incorporating the arabesque, the design element predominant in Islamic buildings. This i...

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