A Tropical Typology and Urban Response: City Gate Shoppes and Residences, Singapore
Session: Track F: Best Tall Building Award By Function: Mixed Use, Part 1
Director, Projects, World Class Land Pte Ltd
Senior Associate Director, SAA Architects
City Gate Shoppes and Residences is sited in an area of Singapore currently undergoing urban renewal. The development connects the metropolitan and cultural parts of the city, bringing revitalization to the neighborhood by strengthening the relationship between its commercial, residential, and social facets and offering a new community space for people to live and gather within.
As one of the tallest buildings in the vicinity, the development’s silhouette is split into three components—the podium retail mall, lower residential floors, and upper residential floors. This designed separation lightens the overall structure and sets it apart from surrounding towers, while creating a distinctive identity for itself. The development’s podium was meticulously designed, in careful consideration of its surrounding neighbors, with its edges rounded at the corners to reduce its bulk. The retail mall is kept at five stories, and façade elements have been designed to reflect the finer grain of its shophouse neighbors. The two interconnected residential towers share a single core on top of the commercial podium. Two lushly landscaped communal floors and 16 sky terraces punctuate the towers’ massing, alternating their locations between the towers to offer residents multiple views of the city skyline.
The podium façade is designed to look like it breathes and moves, matching the façade expression of the towers. With multiple high-rise buildings and little natural landscape in the surrounding area, the lush landscape at levels six and 24 include a large variety of plant species, together with extensive water features that provide green space for residents. And naturally ventilated corridors at all residential floors help capture the essence of contemporary tropical living.