Photo Essay: Utilitarian Singapore, by Gareth Phua

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The airport is a mass transit point for departures and arrivals.

I found particular interest in the staging of objects in such a functional space – from a simple acrylic box that encases a fire extinguisher, to standalone self-checkin counters, pay phones for the less technologically-savvy travellers, trolleys lined up neatly in rows, child buggies, nursing and baby rooms found on every level for convenience, wheelchairs for the less mobile and covered walkways. Each object within the airport, while commonly seen in other buildings, have come together seamlessly to blend in quietly in its own predetermined space, without fanfare or obstruction.

Photographs & Text: Gareth Phua | Website:

Utilitarian Singapore, by Gareth Phua was made during the IPA Mentorship Program. Click to view: More Mentorship Projects.

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