Mok Wei Wei: Works by W Architects is a comprehensive album documenting 35 years of activity of the Singaporean studio W Architects. The author is Mok Wei Wei, the current director of WA, and the publication offers not only a comprehensive journey through his achievements, but also places the projects in wider context.
The portfolio of W Architects is very diverse: apart from residential architecture, both in the form of apartment buildings and single-family residences, we will find various public utility facilities, revitalizations of historical buildings, and even sacral buildings. The projects themselves have been arranged chronologically, and the whole album is divided into three parts, reflecting the studio’s creative path. Thanks to this, you have the opportunity to follow how their projects have developed, but also to see them in the context of the challenges that architects had to face – from Singaporean building regulations, through limited space, to designing for a society composed of migrants.
In addition to the indisputable aesthetic and architectural value, the album offers an interesting sociological outlook: designing for a rapidly developing, densely populated city-state is a real challenge, and WA’s projects from the very beginning were characterized by high social responsibility and were conceived with respect for the space in which they function, thinking about the needs of residents, and above all, focusing on ecology and sustainable development.
Inside, apart from photographs, you will find the author’s essays and quite extensive descriptions of the implementation of the projects, and on the visual side – plans of buildings and architectural projections. So, in addition to providing purely aesthetic pleasure, Mok Wei Wei: Works by W Architects can serve as a valuable source of knowledge.