News - 30 July 2012

UNStudio designs the new UIC building ‘V on Shenton’ in Singapore

UNStudio have designed the new UIC building, ‘V on Shenton’, in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District.

The dual programming of ‘V on Shenton’, comprising office and residential, presents a unique situation in this area of the city. The twin tower is comprised of a 23-storey office building and a 53-storey residential tower with a shared plinth.

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.

Ben van Berkel: “The pattern of the facade comprises four to five different textures, each varying depending on the programme. At times the glass of the facade creates texture through the relief effect and the coloured side lighting, whilst the volumetric balconies of the residences create a deep texture in the total volume of the building.“

The sky lobbies and the sky garden are an integral part of ‘V on Shenton’ and provide 360 degree views of Singapore. Along with the facades, the sky gardens are an integral part of developing the sustainable lifestyle of the 'V on Shenton'.

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