WOHA goes green in Singapore

Jez Abbott
Tuesday 12 Feb 2019

A new urban green space is to define a burgeoning creative community in Asia.

Singapore-based architecture firm WOHA is nearing the completion of Design Orchard, a green building and public realm aimed at enriching the burgeoning creative community in Singapore.

WOHA and a multidisciplinary team will soon realize a shared vision for “incubating” Singapore’s next generation of design through the new public building.

Located on Orchard Road, Asia’s most famous shopping street, the project aims to position design at the intersection of people, commerce and the city.

The 2,350 sqm building started construction in January 2018 and will officially open to the public this week, 30 January. The project is developed by the JTC Corporation, 

A three-story stepping structure with a rooftop public space and garden is designed as a meeting point for emerging Singapore fashion designers.

The entire ground floor is a retail space with working spaces at levels two and three. The tiered building forms an urban amphitheater and event space on the roof, set against the backdrop of Orchard Road, along with a shaded pocket park. 

Designed with a clean and modern palette of concrete, glass, timber and landscape, the concrete structural walls feature circular openings to allow views, light and ventilation through the building. 

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