Singapore’s floating towers

Posted: March 30, 2007 in creativity
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Here’s another great architectural project, via World Architecture News. com. The Far East Organization, Singapore’s largest private development company, has commissioned the Office for Metropolitan Architecture for OMA’s first architectural project in Singapore – the Singapore Scotts Tower, a 36-storey residential high-rise. The 153 meter tall tower will be located at the intersection of Scotts Road and Cairnhill Road, in close proximity to Orchard Road, Singapore’s famous shopping and lifestyle street. With 20,000m² of built floor area, the building will provide 68 high-end apartment units with panoramic views. The design strategically maneuvers within the highly regulated building environment to maximize the full potential of the site: four individual apartment towers are vertically offset from one another and suspended from a central core. The skyline of floating towers directly relates to the surrounding building volumes and explores the most attractive views towards the city center and an extensive green zone to the north. The lifted apartment towers reduce the building’s footprint to a minimum; the liberated ground level provides communal leisure activities embedded in the tropical landscape.

In my mind this is an excellent example for creating a symbiotic relationship between aesthetics and sustainability. Vertically redistributing the floor area to four alternating towers makes maximum use of a small spatial footprint while offering an eye-pleasing design. I wish more city planners and architects would apply those principles.

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