Koh Yi Mei

Elsewhere

Studies have shown that this demographic requires a greater human interaction as they age into their years. They tend to reminisce their “old times” – consistently telling “their stories” and their “back in my days”.

Elsewhere’s conceptual drivers are derived from children’s books. It allows them to retreat back into “their days” and somewhat reminisce their childhood; reinvigorating their sense of adventure. Two books have been selected to be used as conceptual drivers – “The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil” by Wiley Miller and “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

The Little Prince is a book that criticises the harsh realities of adulthood and growing up, as one forgets how to “become a child” and loses their sense of imagination and memory. It also reminds people to “never forget to look up at the stars” which, in this time and age, is an important lesson to be learned as we are faced with adversities that only emphasise the fragility of human relationships and time. Moreover, in this epidemical and controversial era, the need for societal unity has never been more desperate.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil fantasises lost civilisations such as Atlantis into a futuristic masterplan. In this case, a series of towers connected by glass tubes for accessibility. The concept derived from this is the idea that people can be connected through physical means, literally “building bridges” to create a sense of human connection. Even if the bridges are not used, visual means can also be used. Hence the curtain walling and having social areas face each other.