The new tower, known as 8 Shenton Way, will rise above the Southeast Asian city-state from 2028, offering offices, a hotel and 34 floors of luxury residences.
A public square and shops will be provided on the ground floor. Credit: SOM/Bezier
Unveiling the plans on Thursday, the firm said its design was “inspired by bamboo forests”. Digital renderings show a series of cascading rectangular forms topped with rooftop terraces. The project will include more than 107,000 square feet of raised green space, with plants specifically chosen to attract birds and butterflies. More than half of the park’s garden areas will be accessible to the public.
“We want to create places that are comfortable, where people want to be and be healthy,” SOM design director Nic Medrano said at a press conference Thursday, adding that all occupants will be able to “access nature” inside of “three or four floors”. .”
The firm also said 8 Shenton Way will be one of Asia’s “most sustainable” skyscrapers. The 305-meter-tall (1,001-foot) tower, once operational, will use 55 percent less energy than is required to achieve the local government’s highest sustainability rating, the architects said.
A digital rendering imagines the building at night. Credit: SOM/Bezier
SOM design partner Mustafa Abadan said energy savings will be achieved through a combination of approaches, including a facade made of terracotta, reinforced bamboo and heat-efficient glass. Meanwhile, the horizontal and vertical fins that run along the outside of the tower will deflect sunlight, helping to keep the structure cool in Singapore’s tropical climate.
The tower will also be connected to the city’s district cooling system, an underground network of pipes that push chilled water to the buildings’ air conditioning units to reduce demand for electricity.
“This is the kind of thing that adds up to the most sustainable building of this scale in Singapore,” Abadan told CNN during a press conference.
The tower will contain office space, a hotel and luxury residences. Credit: SOM/Bezier
The skyscraper will be built on a site currently occupied by the AXA Cylindrical Tower, which opened in 1986. Demolition work has already begun, and the new building will reuse some of the existing foundation, a move that Medrano says would “save material”. . and reduce the building’s carbon footprint right from the start.”
The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA) declined to comment on whether height restrictions are or have ever been imposed in the city. The town planning body did not explain why 8 Shenton Way was approved at its proposed size, although a spokesperson told CNN that “permitted building heights are subject to technical requirements as well as an assessment based on the respective site’s design and context.”
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