Heritage Buildings and Digital Tectonic

This project involves an interesting challenge of bringing digital design methodology within a domain of undrawable architecture. Undrawable, as a process of tacit knowledge passed along generations but never formalized and a product of artisan craft-work that was manually (re)produced and never rationalized. While not impossible, it would have been impractical to attempt modeling such forms. Not to mention that the end results of the modeling would have been dubious: specifying building works via drawings of artefacts that contains not a single straight line? We were thus compelled to rethink the process of historical building conservation via a complete start-to-end digital design process.

The subject of our pilot project’s case study, the Yueh Hai Ching temple, is situated at the center of Singapore’s business district area. The extant building, built between 1895 and 1896, completed its full restoration between 2011 and 2014. Please browse the Digital Design and Fabrication Lab’s site and the project microsite for more information.