The curved ceiling of the new Honda Showroom evokes imageries of trends in car design – lines and shapes that assist air-flow across a car’s bodywork. Behind this ceiling is an existing steel structural frame of a 60-year-old industrial shed, inherited when Honda bought over the site. Two new aluminium facades along Leng Kee Road and Alexandra Road complete an ensemble that totally hides the existing structure, giving the building a new lease of life. These facades are punctuated by the new ceiling vault to form deep, curved canopies providing a parking and additional outdoor display area for cars.

Deep skylights sculpture the ceiling like radiator grille air-scoops, bathing the interior of Asia’s largest single level car showroom in natural light. A monochromatic material palette reflects Honda’s new corporate identity, and allows the showcase of cars to be the main attention. In the evening, a dynamic series of suspended pendant uplights wash the curved ceiling, replicating natural daylight without any glare.

Similarly curved in plan are a series of meeting rooms and administrative facilities which serve as a buffer to a new 2-storey workshop addition with rooftop parking added to the side of the new showroom.

This project was featured in d+a magazine.

Type: A&A to Existing Single Storey Car Showroom and Workshop comprising 2-Storey Extension
Location: 255 Alexandra Road
Status: Completed June 2007
Quantity Surveyor: RJ Consultants Pte Ltd
Main Contractor: Incorporated Builders Pte Ltd
M&E Engineer: Edward E. Woo Consultants Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: Uni-Associated Consultants