Dutch architecture firm UNStudio has designed the new UIC building, ‘V on Shenton’, in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District. The dual programming of ‘V on Shenton’, comprising office and residential, presents a unique situation in this area of the city. The twin tower is comprised of a 23-storey office building and a 53-storey residential tower with a shared plinth. Just as the office and residential towers are of the same family of forms, so do their facades originate from the same family of patterns. The basic shape of the hexagon is used to create patterns that increase the performance of the facades with angles and shading devices that are responsive to the climatic conditions of Singapore.
Each tower is framed by “chamfers”, forming a line that brings together the composition of the residential tower, the office tower and the plinth. During the day the chamfers appear smooth, in contrast to the textured surfaces of the facades. At night the chamfers are lit as a continuous line. Along with the facades, a series of sky gardens play an integral part in developing the sustainable lifestyle of the ‘V on Shenton’. These lush green spaces provide a refuge from the city and the climate and vegetation naturally provide fresher, cleaner air.