An original triangular geometry defines project “48 North Canal Road“, a complex office&shopping tower in Singapore envisioned by WOHA. The project consisted in reconstructing the shopfront and designing a contemporary new wing. Local architecture law imposed that the building (neighbored by three roads) had splayed corners. According to the architects, this inspired “a chiseled expression that was carried through in both plan and elevation, taking the form of internal angled walls and external slanted planes, revealing a concave curtain wall like that of crystal embedded in the hollow lower strata of its atrium park space.” A pocket park is at the core of the design, gathering around a café, break-out areas and meeting rooms.
The original levels with their low ceilings were preserved and the front-end of the initial shop-houses was turned into meeting rooms: “The idea was to strategically lift up the open plan offices within the upper 4 floors where the floor plate size is maximized, higher headroom is gained, better views are enjoyed and more natural daylight is accessed from the sides. Every flat roof area is also transformed into roof gardens with the attic featuring the office’s recreational lounge from which unblocked panoramic views of Hong Lim Park and PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel can be enjoyed.” How would you comment on this new project added to the Singapore skyline?