V on Shenton Building Singapore by UNStudio

V on Shenton Singapore Tower, Former UIC Building, South East Asian Skyscraper Images

V on Shenton Building Singapore

Central Business District Development – design by Ben van Berkel / UNStudio

28 Nov 2018

V on Shenton Building Singapore by UNStudio

Completion of V on Shenton and the Scotts Tower marks four completed projects by UNStudio in the city

V on Shenton Building Singapore by UNStudio

Developer: UIC Investments (Properties) Pte Ltd.

Photos: Darren Soh

V on Shenton

The first, and most recently completed project is V on Shenton.

V on Shenton Building Singapore by UNStudio

V on Shenton is located at 5 Shenton Way in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District and occupies the space of the former UIC Building.

V on Shenton Building Singapore by UNStudio

Singapore is currently one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Although land reclamation has boosted the island’s size over the years, Singapore still faces significant density challenges.

V on Shenton Building Singapore by UNStudio

Vertical expansion has for some time proved to be a solution for the efficient use of valuable urban land. However, it has recently become clear that such expansion can be further maximised through the introduction of large scale, holistic, mixed-use developments that offer round-the-clock programmes. In these developments working, living and leisure activities are catered for within single plots, ensuring maximal use of scarce land. V on Shenton is just such a development.

V on Shenton Building Singapore by UNStudio

The dual programming of the building (office and residential) is a unique situation in this area and thus the massing of the towers is differentiated to reflect this. In addition to the office and residential programmes, the towers house sky gardens which provide panoramic 360 degree views of Singapore and house a variety of amenities, such as a fitness area, swimming pools and a children’s play area, with lush green vegetation providing fresher, cleaner air. These areas provide spaces for shared communal activities, or for the residents to entertain guests.

V on Shenton Building Singapore by UNStudio

On ground level, next to the office tower lobby, a large café forms the central meeting point for the public areas.

A family of patterns

Just as the office and residential towers are of the same family of forms, so do their facades originate from the same family of patterns. The basic shape of the hexagon is used to create patterns that increase the performance of the facades with angles and shading devices that are responsive to the climatic conditions of Singapore.

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The office tower is based on a curtain wall module and an optimised number of panel types, recombined to create a signature pattern.

In contrast, the residential facade is based on the stacks of unit types. The pattern of the residential facade is created by the incorporation of the residential programme (balcony, bay window, planter and a/c ledge) and the combination of one and two storey high modules with systematic material variations. These geometric panels add texture and cohesion to the building, whilst reflecting light and pocketing shade.

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V on Shenton, Singapore, 2010-2016

Singapore is currently one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Although land reclamation has boosted the island’s size over the years, Singapore still faces significant density challenges.

Vertical expansion has for some time proved to be a solution for the efficient use of valuable urban land. However, it has recently become clear that such expansion can be further maximised through the introduction of large scale, holistic, mixed-use developments that offer round-the-clock programmes. In these developments working, living and leisure activities are catered for within single plots, ensuring maximal use of scarce land.

V on Shenton Building Singapore by UNStudio

V on Shenton

Located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, the former UIC Building dominated the city skyline as Singapore’s tallest building for many years following its completion in 1973 and formed part of an important collection of towers located along Shenton Way.

Recently the area has undergone a rejuvenation and transformation and V on Shenton – the new UIC building – forms part of this redevelopment. The mixed-use programming of V on Shenton presents a unique situation in this area of the city.

In addition to the office and residential programmes, the dual tower building houses a number of fully integrated sky gardens which provide panoramic 360 degree views of Singapore and house a variety of amenities – such as a fitness area, swimming pools and a children’s play area, with lush green vegetation providing fresher, cleaner air. These areas provide spaces for shared communal activities, or for the residents to entertain guests.

The most ample and diverse of the three sky gardens covers the entire 8th storey of the development. At the two sky lobbies in the heart of the residential tower, residents are given even greater privacy, combined with views of the city or the ocean from both the 24th and the 34th floors. The residents of the penthouse levels also have exclusive access to the outdoor roof terraces on the 53rd and 54th storeys.

On ground level, next to the office tower lobby, a large café forms the central meeting point for the public areas.

V on Shenton Building Singapore by UNStudio

A response to context

The twin tower of ‘V on Shenton’ is comprised of a 23-storey office building and a 53-storey residential tower, with the dual programming of the building is highlighted through its massing.
The office tower responds to the scale of the surrounding buildings and to the street, while the residential tower rises up to distinguish itself from the neighbouring buildings. Above the upper sky lobby the unit mix of the residential tower changes with a subtle display of its split core. This separation also exhibits the natural ventilation concept of the tower which is further effected through ventilation slots next to the cores. Distinctive to V on Shenton, these slots are covered by facade cladding with openings for air circulation, resulting in a continuous, uninterrupted hexagonal facade pattern on the residential tower.

A family of patterns
Just as the office and residential towers are of the same family of forms, so do their facades originate from the same family of patterns. The basic shape of the hexagon is used to create patterns that increase the performance of the facades with angles and shading devices that are responsive to the climatic conditions of Singapore.

The office tower is based on a curtain wall module and an optimised number of panel types, recombined to create a signature pattern. In contrast, the residential facade is based on the stacks of unit types. The pattern of the residential facade is created by the incorporation of the residential programme (balcony, bay window, planter and a/c ledge) and the combination of one and two storey high modules with systematic material variations. These geometric panels add texture and cohesion to the building, whilst reflecting light and pocketing shade. The texture and volume of the facade are important to maintaining the comfort of those living and working in the residential and office buildings. Shading devices and high-performance glass are important for developing a sustainable and liveable facade.

Each tower is framed by ‘chamfers’; a line that unifies the composition of the residential tower, the office tower and the plinth. During daytime the chamfer appears smooth in contrast to the textured surfaces of the towers. At night the chamfer lights up as a continuous line framing the towers, car park and sky gardens. The chamfers at the North end of the office tower also open up the corners to views of Marina Bay, Buket Timah Hill and the Central Business District.

Lobbies

On the ground floor of the development stainless steel lines are inlaid into the floor, lines of light in the ceilings emphasise common areas, vertical lamellas clad the car ramps and together these form the guiding principles for pedestrians to their destination.

V on Shenton Building Singapore by UNStudio

Developer: Far East Organisation. Photos: Darren Soh

V on Shenton, 新加坡, 2010-2018

客户︰UIC Investments (Properties) Pte Ltd
位置︰新加坡珊顿大道5号 (前UIC大厦)
建筑表面积︰85.507平方米
建筑容积︰住宅大楼高237米;办公大楼高123米
地块面积︰ 6778平方米
用途︰办公及住宅重建
状态︰已竣工

Credits
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Astrid Piber with Nuno Almeida and Ariane Stracke, Cristina Bolis; Derrick Diporedjo, Enrique Lopez, Gustav Fagerström, Hal Wuertz, Jaap Baselmans, Jaap-Willem Kleijwegt, Jae Young Lee, Jay Williams, Jeong Eun Choi, Juliane Maier, Martin Zangerl, Patrick Kohl, René Rijkers, Rob Henderson, Stefano Rocchetti, Sander Versluis, Tiia Vahula, Wing Tang

顾问︰
本地建筑师︰Architects 61 Pte Ltd
结构工程师︰DE Consultants (S) Pte Ltd
机械顾问︰J Roger Preston (S) Pte Ltd
工料测量师︰KPK Quantity Surveyors

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new UIC building ‘V on Shenton’ in Singapore
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14 Aug 2012

Ben van Berkel / UNStudio designs the new UIC building ‘V on Shenton’ in Singapore

Local Architect: Architects 61 Pte Ltd

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