Wow

WOW

Experiential Design for a Changing World

  1. Text by Darlene Smyth
  2. Essay by Lyndon Neri
  • ISBN 9780500343029
  • 24.00 x 24.00 cm
  • PLC (with jacket)
  • 392pp
  • 640 Illustrations, 530 in colour
  • First published 2015

The first major monograph on the multi-disciplinary design firms Warner Wong Design and WOW Architects

Wow design

The title alludes to two key aspects of their practice: first, the focus on multi-sensory experiences; and second, the complexity and dynamism that comes from producing work in a rapidly developing region. These themes are explored through detailed presentations of thirteen completed projects, including six private homes and six hotels.

In addition to rich photography, drawings and in-progress sketches, the book offers behind-the-scenes peeks into the construction of the projects at various stages.

The book also features excerpts from an in-depth interview with the two founding partners of WOW, Maria Warner Wong and Wong Chiu Man. They discuss the challenges and opportunities of working in diverse and fast-evolving areas of the world, from developing regions in India and Africa to the more advanced urban contexts of Singapore and Dubai. Whatever the economic context and locally available construction methods, the mission for each and every project is to create a rich spatial experience that is rooted in culture, memory and place.

About the authors:
Edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda
Darlene Smyth is a Canadian-born writer and designer living in Singapore. As well as writing widely on architecture and design, she practices with A D Lab Pte Ltd, an architectural firm she founded with Warren Liu Yaw Lin.
Lyndon Neri is a Founding Partner of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an international interdisciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai. In 2013, Lyndon Neri was inducted into the US Interior Design Hall of Fame.
Oscar Riera Ojeda is an editor and designer based in the US and China. He has published over one hundred architecture books and book series.