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Singapore Architecture

Capital Singapore

Language English

Area 719.1 km2

Population 5,610,000

With a strong background of cultural and ethnic diversity, Singapore architecture is a result of its varied influences. Contemporary Singapore architecture has a strong focus on sustainability, with many examples of vegetative landscapes being introduced into high-rise buildings. Green architecture and ventilation is particularly important for the architecture in Singapore due to its humid climate. This page of projects, interviews, and events details a young nation with a traditional colonial past pushing towards its own unique style of architecture.
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Safdie Completes World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall in Singapore

05:00 - 16 April, 2019
Safdie Completes World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall in Singapore, Jewel Changi Airport. Image Courtesy of Changi Airport Devt.
Jewel Changi Airport. Image Courtesy of Changi Airport Devt.

Safdie Architects has completed construction of the world's tallest indoor waterfall in Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport. Featuring a lush indoor forest and a green trail of airport amenities, the Jewel Changi Airport was designed to reinvent the concourse as a public attraction. The project was built with a torus-shaped glass dome the includes an oculus at its center. Dubbed the Rain Vortex, the oculus allows water to cascade into the airport.

Safdie Architects Design a Fourth Tower for Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

13:00 - 4 April, 2019
Safdie Architects Design a Fourth Tower for Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Courtesy of Safdie Architects
Courtesy of Safdie Architects

Safdie Architects have announced an expansion to the Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore. Linking to the existing resort and waterfront development, the project takes cues from the original three hotel towers completed in 2011. Safdie Architects will expand the existing resort with a new stand-alone hotel tower with about 1,000 suites and its own sky roof and swimming pool, as well as a 15,000-seat music arena.

Safdie's Jewel Changi Airport Nears Completion, Featuring the World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall

11:00 - 14 March, 2019
Safdie's Jewel Changi Airport Nears Completion, Featuring the World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall, Courtesy of Safdie Architects
Courtesy of Safdie Architects

Safdie Architects have published an update of their iconic Jewel Changi Airport, as construction continues in Singapore. Featuring the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, a lush indoor forest, and a green trail of airport amenities, the scheme is set to open on April 17th of this year.

Safdie Architects design a Series of Treehouse-Like Pavilions for Surbana Jurong Headquarters

11:00 - 30 January, 2019
Safdie Architects design a Series of Treehouse-Like Pavilions for Surbana Jurong Headquarters, © Safdie Architects
© Safdie Architects

Safdie Architects have unveiled details of their proposed corporate headquarters for Surbana Jurong in Singapore. The scheme seeks to reflect the mission of Surbana Jurong (Singapore’s leading architecture, urban design, and infrastructure firm) of characterizing Singapore as the “Garden City.” Located on a previously undeveloped site, the campus will “integrate harmoniously with its natural landscape” while also offering over 740,000 square feet of space for the firm’s 4000 employees. The scheme marks the first initiative for the Safdie Surbana Jurong joint venture, which was established in 2017 to develop innovative and iconic projects in Asia-Pacific.

WOHA's Singapore Design Orchard Nears Completion

04:00 - 17 January, 2019
WOHA's Singapore Design Orchard Nears Completion, Courtesy of WOHA
Courtesy of WOHA

Singapore’s creative community will soon be thriving as one of the city's buzziest projects, Design Orchard, nears completion. Designed by Singapore-based architecture firm WOHA, the 2350 sqm green project has been under construction since early 2018, and will officially be open to the public on the 30th of January, 2019.

Safdie Architects' Changi Airport Finds Beauty in a Challenging Typology

12:30 - 5 January, 2019
Safdie Architects' Changi Airport Finds Beauty in a Challenging Typology , © Safdie Architects
© Safdie Architects

Airport architecture is a complex typology in which to innovate. Restrictive technical, security, and circulatory requirements force designs along limited (and precedented) paths; little budget is left over to create space for respite, let alone beauty.

Heatherwick Studio Releases New Learning Hub Video

13:00 - 31 December, 2018
Heatherwick Studio Releases New Learning Hub Video, Learning Hub. Image © Hufton + Crow
Learning Hub. Image © Hufton + Crow

Heatherwick Studio has released a new film showcasing the Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological University. Directed by Marcus Hawk, the video features cinematography by Joe Almond. As an educational landmark for Singapore, the Learning Hub was designed as a new multi-use building as part of NTU’s redevelopment plan for the campus.

InVision Launches Free Study Abroad Program for Designers

11:00 - 20 December, 2018
InVision Launches Free Study Abroad Program for Designers, © flickr user gordon-s, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
© flickr user gordon-s, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

For architects with travel-related New Year resolutions, software company InVision has launched a free “Design Exchange” program for professional designers eager to see the world on a budget.

Greenery Engulfs WOHA's Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore in New Photographs

08:00 - 4 September, 2018
Greenery Engulfs WOHA's Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore in New Photographs, © Infinitude via AGROB BUCHTAL
© Infinitude via AGROB BUCHTAL

New photographs released by ceramics manufacturer AGROB-BUCHTAL show nature beginning to claim the Oasia Hotel Downtown in Singapore. WOHA Architects’ 30-story scheme was designed to be a “verdant tower of green” in the heart of the city’s financial district.

Sombra Verde's 3D Printed Bamboo Structure Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Technology

08:00 - 9 July, 2018
Sombra Verde's 3D Printed Bamboo Structure Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Technology, © Carlos Bañón
© Carlos Bañón

Bridging the gap between the old and the new is never easy. Traditional building methods, where you often adjust to the unpredictability of a natural material, seem to contrast with the mechanical precision of modern construction. Sombra Verde - a bamboo gazebo developed by AIRLAB and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) as part of Singapore’s Urban Design Festival 2018 - bridges this gap. The traditional raw bamboo poles, used extensively throughout Southeast Asia, are combined with 3D printed connectors, utilizing a series of new technologies. The result is an iconic, lightweight structure in Singapore’s Duxton Plain Park that promotes the use of public space, sheltering the population from both the intense sun and heavy rain.

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