以红、蓝、黄三色加上两个暗色不锈钢环串起来的雕塑，要表达的是家庭凝聚力。 红、蓝、黄分别代表父亲、母亲和孩子。洪旭希望住在临原坪的家庭，都能和睦共处。其实，临原坪的这几座组屋，细微处都显示出“串”的设计特色。像第112 座组屋的牌坊，便用了帆船桅杆具有的串连的特色。另一个设计特点，是凸显风帆的抛物线弧形设计。这里的每座组屋都以不同的花朵命名，如玫瑰、茉莉、长春藤等。这些花朵造型也出现在组屋牌坊上。洪旭也将中国古建筑设计特色’移步易景’用在临原坪的设计上。像组屋墙壁挖出一个梯形洞口，透过洞口便可以看到外头的风景，景色随步伐移动而转变。当然，建筑设计不只具有审美价值，好的设计也具有实用价值。像洪旭设计的几栋组屋，窗口便使用了两层的遮蔽板，能有效遮阳挡雨，无论阳光从哪个角度照射，都能充分蔽日。
洪旭之女洪晴曾同父亲与祖父回到同安澳头，有感而发，写下英文诗 A Trip to Grandpa’s Hometown – Aotou，此诗也存放在我的博客中。
Since young, Ang Shiuh has been listening to stories about his grandfather Mr Ang Own Him visiting their Tung Ann home town in China. As a former student of Nan Qiao Primary School and the then Chinese High School (now Hwa Chong Institution), Ang Shiuh also appreciates the mutual help spirit demonstrated by his clansmen in the form of providing affordable education through the setting up of Chinese schools he has attended. Both his primary and secondary schools were started by Hokkien Huey Kuan with help from the late Tong An clansman cum philanthropist Mr Tan Kah Kee.
In 2005, Ang Shiuh and his dad Mr Ang Eng Chong, visited their Tong An home town in Fujian. He observed how his ancestral grave was moved and felt intensely that he needed to preserve his family history for his children. In the same year, Ang Shiuh enrolled himself as a Tung Ann District Guild, TADG member without a second thought. He felt that he would want to serve his clansmen given the chance.
The sculpture, in colours of red, blue and yellow, connected by a steel loop, reflects the unity of a family consists of a father, a mother and their child. With the installation art, Ang Shiuh hopes the residents in Edgefield Plains would live a harmonious family life. Taking a closer look, one can see the use of ‘loops’ as design in many areas. An example is the facade design for Block 112. Another area involves the use of the sail to form a arch-shaped design. In addition, all the blocks in Edgefield Plains designed by Ang Shiuh are named after flowers such as rose, jasmine, periwinkle etc. The same flower design can be seen on the facade of each block of flats. Besides using flowers, Ang Shiuh also incorporates Chinese architecture design for his flats. An example is the trapezoid-shaped ‘windows’ on the pillars of the flats. Such ‘windows’ allow people to enjoy changing scenes as they walk pass. Truly, good design should not stop at its aesthetic level; it should also have functionality. Hence, Ang Shiuh provided two layers of window shields to each unit of the flats. These shields serve to block rain and sun at different times of the day.
Ang Shiuh became a council member of the TADG Property Section in 2007. Ang Shiuh used to work for the Housing and Development Board. He is now the Vice President (Architecture) of Surbana, a privatized arm of HDB. During his stay with HDB, Ang Shiuh helped to design more than 10,000 HDB units. One of the recent projects by Ang Shiuh is a group of flats (Blk 111 to 118 including a multi-storey carpark) in Edgefield Plains in Punggol new town. This project won Ang Shiuh an architectural design award. It is also Ang Shiuh’s pet project. In fact, when Ang Shiuh first took on the project, he had decided to design a sculpture for the residents there.
Ang Shiuh started his career in the private sector. He later joined the public sector. It was the urge to bring better lives to the people through good designs that prompted him to join HDB. Professionally, Ang Shiuh hopes more people would benefit from the decisions he has made by joining the public sector. Personally, he believes in retaining valuable clan culture. Hence, as an architect, he hopes to apply his knowledge wherever TADG needs it, such as giving TADG building a face lift when needed without spending a boom.
Ang Shiuh has enjoyed drawing since young. He later develops an interest in building design and subsequently, he becomes an architect. Ang Shiuh loves spending his leisure time in photography, interior design and playing golf. The 47-year-old council member now hopes to devote his time to clan matters too, even though he knows clan matters can be demanding. So why bothers? One may ask. ‘If everyone stays away from responsibility, clan activities will come to an end.’, said Ang Shiuh.
Please go to A Trip to Grandpa’s Hometown – Aotou, a poem written by Ang Shiuh’s daughter after a trip with her dad and grandpa to Tong An home town. This contribution also appears under My Blog on this website.
Written by : Lim Li Peng