For anyone who’s ever been to one of ANDSOFORTH’s productions before, Warehouse 16 might be more than a little familiar. That’s because it’s precisely the ‘secret’ space the local immersive theatre company uses to host their shows. But starting right now, ANDSOFORTH is changing up their formula a little, with founders Stuart Wee and Emily Png throwing open the doors of Warehouse 16 to welcome anyone and everyone to use it as an events space with its official launch last night.
Spanning 2,800 square feet in a nondescript building on Lorong Ampas (beside Wheeler’s Yard cafe), Warehouse 16’s ethos is perfectly in line with ANDSOFORTH’s own – to provide the space and opportunity for clients to host the experiential event of their dreams with its highly customisable studio space. Tastefully minimal and sleekly designed (complete with Scandinavian furniture), Warehouse 16 is the answer to events ranging from a lavish wedding, to an intimate album launch, to a glamorous fashion show, or even a swanky lunch/dinner, with the team set to tailor each experience to customers as they please, offering catering services, a metal mesh runway, a make-up room, a bar counter space and more to make any fantasy a reality.
We got a little taster of just what this space is capable of last night at the launch, a classy networking style event that showed off the facilities and services offered by the team. Walking in, one was greeted by scene of guests comfortably mingling, with plenty of space to walk around and flit from group to group, while live singing buoyed the party ambience alongside the video projection of old films on the wall behind. Parking ourselves at the bar (cleverly, the facade mimics the wall patterns all around the building itself, lending a sense of continuity), we helped ourselves to a little Prosecco, before trying out the tried out some of the cocktails on offer, from a Manhattan style cocktail to a lychee martini. We liked the floral spin of the Red Ruby Hibiscus, made with Hibiscus salt and Damrak Gin, and loved the gin-based Roasted Rosemary, with rosemary syrup.
The evening passed peacefully, with waitstaff dressed in Warehouse 16’s jumpsuit-style uniform appearing periodically to deliver delicious snacks, from a Goat’s Cheese Macaron to a Chilli Crab Burger, tastefully plated and easy to eat, keeping us sustained through the night. But perhaps the highlight of the night was a dance performance by local duo ScRach MarcS, as both dancers Rach and Marcus entered the space in brightly coloured, inflatable suits, just having fun with their routine as they interacted with each other, dancing in close proximity with the crowd, who loved every second of it, applauding the performance with gusto when it was over.
With such a promising start, one can only envision success for Warehouse 16 as they enter business proper, and that the space sees continued use and bookings throughout the year and beyond, brimming with potential and opportunity to use it to its fullest extent, for guests’ imaginations to run wild and bring their dreams to life right here on 16D Lorong Ampas.
Warehouse 16 is located at 16D Lorong Ampas, Singapore. For more information and bookings, visit their website here