Located in the civic district of Singapore, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall has recently undergone a major transformation that respects the legacy and memory of Singapore itself. Over the course of 158 years, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall has been home not only to arts and culture, but to history as well: at various points it has acted as a town hall, a hospital, and even a war crimes trials courts.
The transformation brought together a collaboration between internationally renowned companies .PSLAB and W architects. The newly refurbished Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall features a glass-roofed atrium that unites the twin functions of the space.
Beyond the practical aspect of the design, one can read the atrium as symbolic of a broader dynamic at work: the passage between and synthesis of the past and of the future, between tradition and innovation. This dynamic is apparent throughout the space, with new details fashioned from the remnants of the structure’s prior incarnations.
The transits between artisanal, timeless technique and contemporary design perspectives made a collaboration with .PSLAB a natural fit.
Adorning the white marbled grand staircases and the arcade of he concert hall, the fixtures developed by .PSLAB in collaboration with W Architects and LPA, evoke both a bygone elegance and a streamlined future to come. .PSLAB intervention manifests as two series of overhead lighting clusters crafted completely in stainless steel: a single-level version and a multi-tiered bouquet version.
Both versions feature a cluster of circular shades with a brushed exterior finish. The interior of the clusters showcases a lustrous gold anodized finish that enhance their elegance.
The fixtures enfold an intricate, multi-modal lighting system. The LED downlights illuminate the space directly, while the LEDs internal to the fixtures not only cast an additional ambient light into the room, they serve the additional function of activating the fixtures themselves, accenting and shading the contours of the pieces, bringing into relief a high level of dimensional sophistication.
.PSLAB intervention ultimately creates an experience in itself. The elegant lighting clusters complement the timeless design, yet their subtle-reflexive aesthetic allows for the pieces to set the ambiance of the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, and add a level of sophistication to the space.
*All images and information courtesy of .PSLAB.