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June 18, 2012

Serie, Multiply Architects to design court building in Singapore

UK-based Serie Architects and Singapore-based Multiply Architects & Engineers have won a competition to design a $350m court building in Singapore.

Singapore subordinate court building

UK-based Serie Architects and Singapore-based Multiply Architects & Engineers have won a competition to design a $350m court building in Singapore.

The architecture firms beat Laud Architects to win the competition to design the project, which will be implemented by Singapore-based CPG.

The new building will have two towers; the first will house criminal courtrooms and the second will house judges’ chambers and supporting facilities.

The two towers will be linked by a series of footbridges that enable the controlled circulation required for the courtroom process.

Serie Architects principal Chris Lee said the primary interest of the design is to create a relationship between the city and its civic buildings.

"The new courts complex should be a building that is symbolically open and accessible to the public," Lee said.

The companies have been selected following a two-stage design competition with Stage 1 starting on 15 September 2011 and closing on 31 October 2011 with a shortlist of 19 firms.

The towers will be built with an open frame structure supported by a series of shared terraces to house the courtrooms with no external facade.

As part of the project, the existing octagonal building constructed in the 1970s will be refurbished to house 35,000m² of civil, family and juvenile courts.

The two new towers will reach 150m in height, spanning across 35 storeys, and will have a floor area of 110,000m² to accommodate 60 criminal courts.

The first tower will be clad in terracotta blocks to match the colour of the clay pitched roofs of the conserved shop houses in the surrounding Chinatown area.

Sustainable elements in the design include the use of high-rise gardens to filter sunlight and naturally ventilated corridors.

Construction on the tower is scheduled to commence in 2013 with completion scheduled for 2019.


Image: The first tower will be clad in terracotta blocks to match the colour of the adjacent buildings in the Chinatown area. Photo: Serie Architects

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