In Progress: PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA

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Located in central , the top tier business hotel and office in a garden project at Hong Lim Park, designed by WOHA, demonstrates how they were able to not only conserve greenery in a built-up high-rise city center, but multiply it vertically in a manner that is architecturally striking, integrated and sustainable. Undergoing construction with scheduled completion in this year, the project has achieved Singapore’s Green Mark Platinum score, the nation’s highest environmental certification. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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The site is at a junction between the CBD and the colorful districts of Chinatown and Clark Quay, and faces Hong Lim Park. A contoured podium responds to the street scale, drawing inspiration from landscape formations. These contours are precast concrete elements of modular radii, allowing the complex, sculptural podium to be put together from a basic ‘kit of parts’.

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On the ground the contours create dramatic outdoor plazas and gardens which flow seamlessly into the interiors. Greenery from the park is visually extended up into the building in the form of planted valleys, gullies and waterfalls. The landscaping also conceals openings to the above ground car parking while allowing in air and natural light. The top of the podium is a lush landscaped terrace housing the development’s recreational facilities, with infinity edge pools opening up unobstructed views of the city. Birdcage cabanas perched over the waters add interest and delight.

view from garden looking down

The high-rise blocks housing the hotel rooms and offices are arranged into an open-sided courtyard configuration, breaking up the mass and maximizing views and daylighting into the building. Blue and green glass recalls the water of the nearby Singapore River. The courtyards have contoured sky gardens every four storeys, which bring lush greenery directly to the rooms and continues the landscaping up the entire height of the building. Corridors, lobbies and common washrooms are designed as garden spaces with stepping stones, planting and water features which create an alluring resort ambiance with natural light and fresh air, instead of being 24-hour energy guzzling air conditioned spaces. Tall overhangs work together with leafy foliage to screen these spaces from the weather and direct sun.

view from garden looking up

A total of 15,000m2 of skygardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces and green walls were designed; this is double the site area or equivalent to the footprint of the adjacent Hong Lim Park. A diverse variety of species ranging from shade trees, tall palms, flowering plants, leafy shrubs and overhanging creepers come together to create a lush tropical setting that is attractive not only to the people but also to insects and birds, extending the green areas from Hong Lim Park and encouraging bio-diversity in the city.

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These landscapes are designed to be self-sustaining and rely minimally on precious resources. Rainwater collected from upper floors irrigate planters on the lower floors by gravity supplemented by non-potable recycled Newater, which will also be used for all water features. Photovoltaic cell arrays on the roof will power reticulation systems and softscape lighting.

Architects: WOHA
Location: Upper Pickering Street, Singapore
Project Team: Wong Mun Summ, Richard Hassell, Donovan Soon, Sim Choon Heok, Francis Goh, Toh Hua Jack, Bernard Lee, Amber Dar Wagh, Mappaudang Ridwan Saleh, Evelyn Ng, Josephine Isip, John Paul R Gonzales, Tan Szue Hann, Alen Low, Pham Sing Yeong, Vanessa Ong, Novita Johana
Client: Hotel Plaza Property (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Hotel Operator: Pan Pacific Hotels Group
Civil and Structural Engineer: TEP Consultants Pte Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: BECA Carter Hollings & Ferner (S. E. Asia) Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyors: Rider Levett Bucknall LLP
Lighting Consultant: Lighting Planners Associates (S) Pte Ltd
Landscape Consultant: Tierra Design (S) Pte Ltd
Façade Consultant: Meinhardt Facade Technology (S) Pte Ltd
Greenmark Consultant: LJ Energy Pte Ltd
Acoustic Consultant: CCW Associates Pte Ltd
Main Contractor: Tiong Seng Contractors (Pte) Ltd
Gross Floor Area: 29,227.0 sqm
Plot Area: 6,958.9 sqm, about 205mx33m
Height of Building: 89m
Project Cost: S$ 137 million
Design Inception: 12/2007
Start of Construction: 12/2009
Completion Date: 06/2012

 

 

 

 

 

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "In Progress: PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA" 27 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=217121>

10 comments

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    Looking good! I see this building everyday. If anybody wants to work at the office please be prepared to loose your life though. You’ll have to work ovedr 60 hrs a week.

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    I am a big fans of WOHA, and lately worry that their work becoming less and less WOHAesque. After the Bras Basah Art School their subsequent project looks rather ‘normal’, the magic potion start to dry up and repetition is unavoidable. This project’s tower will be unmemorable and the layered garden and ceiling is reminiscent to their unsuccessful apartment project in Bangkok. (Forget the name, not that amazing The Metz for sure). I miss the time when looking at WOHA project made my heart went WoooooHaaaaa……

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      I agree but overall the project doesn’t look all unmemorable… it brings life to the phrase ‘urban jungle’… lets hope the renderings will reflect the end product though…

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    let’s be honest: this is nothing more then a bleak, boring glass building pimped with some trees…
    If you erase the “green” you will be left with nothing worth mentioning. The balconies are simply attached to the glass volumes, but add nothing to the whole.
    Like Ary said: these used to make really great stuff, i wonder what happened?

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      WOHA did some of the most advanced study in vertical greenery in the tropics. I don’t think this is just “that another architecture”.

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    WOwww….amazing! But I have question, about its structure , how can respond to earthquake? I learned pilot has problem with earthquake

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    I like the ceiling infact. It create a similar image of the accient cave. Seems more natural…

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