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2019 WAN Awards: DUO - Buro Ole Scheeren

Copy taken from entry 2019
29 Aug 2019

DUO - Buro Ole Scheeren is an entry in the Commercial category at the 2019 World Architecture News Awards.

The DUO towers are an act of urban reconciliation. Conceived to knit together a previously disparate part of the city, DUO integrates the surrounding context around a 24-hour accessible public plaza, forming a new civic nexus for Singapore. 

Singapore consistently ranks as one of Asia’s most livable cities. However, it’s increasingly dominated by isolated towers that favor exclusion over social connectivity. Rather than functioning as a piece of individual and self-referential architecture, DUO is a sensitive insertion into Singapore’s urban fabric that unites a group of existing buildings through spatial integration and establishes a coherent overall urban figure. It repairs a broken piece of the city and celebrates public life as the central quality of a socially responsible urban environment.

The project comprises two expressive sculptural towers that have been dynamically carved to create a series of circular urban spaces – a kind of “urban poché” that co-opts adjacent buildings and symbiotically inscribes the two towers into their context. A series of vertical offsets and cantilevers further articulates the towers’ silhouette and generate a series of elevated public spaces.

DUO integrates living, working and retail with public gardens, cultural happenings, and a diverse urban context. While DUO’s two towers contain the main functional elements – one tower accommodates 660 residences and the other corporate offices and a five-star hotel operated by Andaz – the structures dematerialize as they reach the ground, opening out into a porous public landscape.

 

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Key Facts

Architecture
Buro Ole Scheeren
2019 Shortlist Entry
Commercial
Singapore

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