Quck Zhong Yi, a Partner at award-winning studio\u00a0ASOLIDPLAN, is of the belief that good spatial design is vital for human relationships. Context \u2013 site, time and people \u2013 is perhaps the most important force driving his design process.\r\n\r\nEvery one of his projects thus reveals a unique intersection of one or more persons in a specific place and time. It\u2019s no surprise that original designs are born out of this philosophy. One of Zhong Yi\u2019s innovative designs includes a brass privacy screen for a ground floor apartment in Tiong Bahru, which has become an eye-catching feature in the neighbourhood.\r\n\r\nThis problem-solving creative will be lending his insightful perspective to our\u00a0Saturday Indesign \u2018Design Conversations\u2019 series\u00a0as a speaker in our residential-focused session,\u00a0\u2018Innovative Strategies for HDB and Apartments\u2019.\r\n\r\nAhead of the session on 12 October, we caught up with Zhong Yi to find out more about his views on residential design.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou began your career in Paris. What are some of the similarities or differences you observed working there compared to Singapore?\r\n\r\nTwo things that struck me after working in Singapore was how strict the Parisian urban design regulations are, and how laborious the submission processes can be. The strict urban regulations have contributed to the making of a beautiful city, but also led to its museumification.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow has your experience in urban design, stage, defence architecture and experimental design contributed to your residential interior works?\r\n\r\nThere are many design principles that can be analogous across all scales: sensitivity to human scale, line of sight, moments, dialogue between forms, textures, colours, et cetera. Switching between these scales has been helpful in our design work.\r\n\r\nFor example, for the 2018 National Day Parade stage, we used colour-picking of the Marina Bay environment to create the palette for the stage painting \u2013 something that we got used to doing in residential interiors \u2013 resulting in a stage that sat harmoniously in the bay, making the bay part of the stage.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou believe that design, across all scales, has the power to affect human relationships. How so?\r\n\r\nSpatial design is about designing for people (sometimes plants and animals too). Lines, planes, forms, textures, and colours have meaning only when used or interpreted by people.\r\n\r\nAt the urban level, streetscape scale and design can bring strangers together, or tear neighbours apart. At the domestic scale, a couple\u2019s relationship can sometimes be improved by optimising visibility between spaces while giving enough privacy.\r\n\r\nIn the office, spatial layout and acoustics affect mood, concentration, and hence interpersonal relationships.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn your opinion, what makes for an outstanding project?\r\n\r\nA good project is one that makes everyone happy and is done beautifully. An outstanding project is all of that, plus an ability to spark further conversations and ideas.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow do you see the residential design industry changing?\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s exciting. Clients are increasingly discerning, while designers are constantly innovating. New media channels are also making it easier for designers to have a kind of ongoing design conversation with our works. New technology like smart home systems are also making us rethink certain aspects of design. We should also start to see more projects addressing the inevitable issue of climate change.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s the key to making a positive impact on the residential interior design scene?\r\n\r\nRespond to context and client needs, and good design will naturally follow.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhy do you think an event such as Saturday Indesign is important to both the industry and the general public?\r\n\r\nSaturday Indesign, being one intense day of events and talks, is an opportunity for designers to have constructive face-to-face conversations, and for the public to better understand designers beyond social media and publications.