Address: 26 Seah Street | SINGAPORE | Singapore | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 1.2963079, 103.8547763
MINT Toy Museum is located in Seah Street, facing the side entrance to the historic Raffles Hotel. The site, a former shophouse, is just 5.5m wide and 27.5m in length. The height of the new building was constrained by planning regulations and it was limited to five storeys.
Flanked by two shophouses the front and the rear elevations of the new infill building are designed to allow maximum light and ventilation to enter the internal spaces. The façade of the museum is an arrangement of overlapping glass panels set on horizontal steel channels. Behind this glass façade is a second skin, a composition of both solids and voids. In between the two layers, at the pedestrian level, is a covered glass walkway, which traverses the void above a sunken courtyard. The museum entrance is accessed by a ramp up from street level. This creates a double height entrance lobby that doubles as an exhibition space, and overlooks the café below.
A column free space is created internally and all floors and walls are of in-situ fairfaced concrete. Services are contained within a ‘service core’, which is the only vertical element connecting the interlocking spaces. This also serves the visitors traversing between floors. In section alternate floors vary spatially, permitting smaller spaces to be ‘toy boxes’ with controlled interiors that are juxtaposed within large-scale volumes of light filled space overlooking the street.
The rooftop is designed as an open terrace with views over the urban landscape. High above the street, it will be used for events and functions.
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