Agape Village received an Honourable Mention in the Institutional Projects category for the SIA Architectural Design Awards.

The recently restored Church of Sts Peter and Paul and the relatively new Agape Village have won major architectural awards.

The 146-year-old church on Queen St received the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) Architectural Heritage Award for Restoration on Oct 6 and the SIA (Singapore Institute of Architects) Architectural Design Award in the Conservation Category on Sept 29.

The one-year-old Agape Village in Toa Payoh received an Honourable Mention in the Institutional Projects category for the SIA Architectural Design Awards.

“We give thanks to the Lord who has guided us throughout the project,” Church of Sts Peter and Paul parish priest, Fr John Chua, told CatholicNews.

“The successful completion of the restoration project has enlivened and strengthened the community spirit of the church as many more re-identify it as an iconic Catholic church in town brought back to prominence and beauty from the past.”

The URA citation states that the church has regained its “century-old splendour” and also acquired upgrades “that are faithful to the spirit of the original”.

The citation notes that “existing stained-glass windows were carefully cleaned and restored … Flooring patterns sympathetic to the missing original tiles, as well as the pressed-metal ceiling cornice were also reinstated. No effort was spared in reinstating religious artefacts and relics.”

The Church of Sts Peter and Paul received the URA Architectural Heritage Award for Restoration and the SIA Architectural Design Award in the Conservation Category.

It adds that “new fixtures like the hanging lanterns were specially designed to complement the rich history of the church, incorporating symbols of the Key and the Sword representing St Peter and St Paul”.

The SIA jury citation states that “the amount of research work that the team has done to uncover the material on the original church is commendable. Special mention also goes out to the client and the community who were closely involved in the restoration process, down to the sourcing of the altar, sculpture, and light fittings, all of which suited the space wonderfully”.

The church was restored by RDC Architects.

Agape Village

In the case of Agape Village, a hub for people to connect to the charities and services coordinated by Caritas Singapore, the jury citation notes that “the building has an airiness and informality that was refreshing. The spaces were simple and human. The form has a direct impact on the lighting quality of the spaces.”

Fr John Chua, Church of Sts Peter and Paul              Ms Bernadette Lau, Caritas Singapore

Mr Gordon Pinto, Agape Village’s general manager, told CatholicNews that visitors are usually “fascinated with the quaint and charming old-school 1970s looks of the building.”

He added, “It’s a great joy knowing that our building is recognised for its architectural beauty and design”.

Ms Bernadette Lau, executive director of Caritas Singapore, said, “Agape Village was conceptualised to be a space where compassion, generosity and love prevail, and this was what LAUD Architects did in the design of the building.” 

About the awards

The URA Architectural Heritage Awards recognise the efforts of owners, architects, engineers, contractors and conservation specialists who have gone the extra mile to undertake high quality and sensitive restoration of national monuments and conserved buildings.

The SIA Architectural Design Awards aim to promote and encourage distinction in architectural design.

They recognise the achievements of Singapore Institute of Architects members in their pursuit of architectural excellence and innovative solutions.

The awards also aim to heighten the appreciation and patronage of good architectural design from both the architectural fraternity as well as the general public.
Source: URA and SIA websites

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