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October 28, 2022

SOM reveals the design of Singapore’s sustainable skyscraper

The project features contactless technology, antimicrobial materials, improved natural airflow and filtration.

Architectural, urban planning and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has revealed the design of the sustainable skyscraper, 8 Shenton Way, a 63-storey tower in Singapore.

The tower will anchor the intersection of Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD) and Marina Bay, the Tanjong Pagar area, and the Greater Southern Waterfront.

With a series of garden terraces elevating tropical landscapes from Shenton Way, Anson Road, and Maxwell Road into the sky, this tower will rise 305m and become Singapore’s tallest skyscraper.

8 Shenton Way will feature public spaces, retail, offices, a hotel and residences, and incorporates post-pandemic design features. It also integrates a diverse mix of functions and amenities.

SOM partner Mustafa Abadan said: “Designed specifically with the tropical climate of Singapore in mind, this building will be one of the first post-pandemic mixed-use towers in the world, with health and wellness as its primary design drivers.

“By seeking to achieve the city’s newest and most rigorous sustainability standards, our design will establish a new paradigm for resilient and elegant high-rise design in Singapore and beyond.”

The focus of the project’s design is nature and sustainability. The tower is inspired by bamboo forests.

The first under the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore’s CBD Incentive Scheme, the project aims to achieve the Building Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) Green Mark Platinum Certification.

The development will also feature landscaping that will extend into the building from the street.

The second floor of the tower has an open-air green space with restaurants.

In total, the tower design includes elevated, public green space of over 10,000m².

The facade of 8 Shenton Way is characterised by natural materials with curved edges creating bay windows on nearly every floor.

Including one for the hotel floors and three for the housing levels, there are seven terraces altogether.

The tower features contactless technology, antimicrobial materials, improved natural airflow and filtration, adaptable interior spaces, and large outdoor spaces across above 148,000m² of floor space.

Perennial Holdings and its consortium of investors own and are developing 8 Shenton Way.

SOM is the architectural design consultant, and DCA Architects of Singapore is acting as the architect.

The project is scheduled to complete in 2028.

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