"It was previously an ammunition storage facility that the British used to store explosives about a hundred years ago," Wang explains. "We were asked by the client to convert the space into a museum café and from that a more luxurious and high-end dining experience was born."
Despite only having three months to take the project from design conception to completion, Wang says that most of the furniture and fittings were custom-made for the project, including three sculptural chandeliers shaped like spiral staircases.
"Practically everything apart from the lightbulbs [was custom designed]," Wang claims. "We didn't want people to identify any of the furnishings, accessories or bits of furniture."
She continues: "The space has three feature staircase chandeliers. We worked closely with the fabricator and lighting consultant on how to use plumbing pipes to construct these really complicated forms and have electricity running through them."
Wang says she wanted the restaurant to be dramatic because many people would use the space to enter the museum as well as eat there.
"The arrival experience was very important to us," she says. "Instead of conceiving of it as a museum café it became this lobby of arrival for the museum. We wanted it to have different clues as to what was going to happen upstairs in the museum."
"A lot of people visit the restaurant and they don't realise that the bunker-like ceiling pays tribute to the vaulted ceiling of the museum above."
The restaurant has been very successful since it opened, Wang claims.
"There's a two-month-long waiting list and it's difficult to get into, especially for dinner," she says. "I think it's an interesting space because from lunchtime to dinner it really feels quite different."
This movie was filmed at Inside Festival 2013, which took place at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 2 to 4 October. The next Inside Festival will take place at the same venue from 1 to 3 October 2014. Award entries are open February to June 2014.
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