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?
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light