Robinson Tower comprises a 17-storey ‘crystalline’ like office tower hovering above an elevated seven-storey retail podium, separated by a striking roof garden allowing panoramic views over Marina Bay and downtown Singapore.
Working with lead architect KPF and local practice Architects 61, our landscape strategy for the 175-meter high tower in Singapore’s CBD was to integrate multi-functional greening and urban ecology, and provide office users and the public with a dramatic experience of nature despite being in a high-rise building.
A defining design feature of the mixed-use tower are the series of garden terraces which serve to split the tower into two sections and contributes to creating a striking visual termination to the Robinson Road vista. Other green spaces in Robinson Tower include an atrium garden, which is accessed by an escalator from the ground floor and overlooks the street below with full-height windows.
A garden also tops the tower’s upper section and features a garden walk that runs around the perimeter of the tower, providing dramatic views out to the city below. This garden and the stepped roof terraced are open to the public as well as building users.
In part, the tower’s landscape strategy is a response to Singapore's 2014 Landscape Replacement Policy which requires that any greenery lost due to development to be replaced with publicly accessible greenery in equal area. This obligation, coupled with the constrained, V-shaped site and the desire from the project team to enhance the building’s user experience and well-being through connecting with nature.
At the ground level an existing heritage tree, a mature Peltophorum pterocarpum, has been carefully retained and forms a focus to the public realm within a new raised square to protect the tree and its roots, while allowing generous spaces for new seating and circulation.
- SILA Silver Award
- Tuan Sin Holdings Limited Design
- KPF, New York
- Local Architects
- Architects 61, Singapore
- TY Lin International and KTP Consultants