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Robinson Tower

Singapore

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.

RTS 391 N10 Photography by Tim Griffith
RTS 391 N43 Photography by Darren Soh
RTS 391 N40 Photography by Darren Soh

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.

RTS 391 N11 Photography by Tim Griffith
Awards
SILA Silver Award
Winner
Project Info
Client
Tuan Sin Holdings Limited Design
Architect:
KPF, New York
Local Architect:
Architects 61, Singapore
Engineer:
TY Lin International and KTP Consultants