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SOM unveils plans for Singapore’s tallest tower

by Sion Geschwindt
SOM unveils plans for Singapore's tallest tower

American architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled plans for Singapore’s first supertall skyscraper.

Standing at 305-metres-tall, 8 Shenton Way is a 63-story mixed-use downtown development that aims to be one of Asia’s most sustainable skyscrapers once complete.

According to SOM, the design takes cues from bamboo forests to create an indoor-outdoor vertical community with public spaces, offices, retail, a hotel, and luxury residences.

The new supertall will be located at the intersection of Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD) and Marina Bay, the historic Tanjong Pagar neighbourhood, and the emerging Greater Southern Waterfront.

The design includes more than 10,000 sq.metres of elevated, public green space (SOM/Bezier)

SOM Partner, Mustafa Abadan, commented: “8 Shenton Way will be the newest landmark on the Singapore skyline – a next generation tower for the city.

“Designed specifically with the tropical climate of Singapore in mind, this building will be one of the first post-pandemic mixed-use towers in the world, with health and wellness as its primary design drivers.

“By seeking to achieve the city’s newest and most rigorous sustainability standards, our design will establish a new paradigm for resilient and elegant high-rise design in Singapore and beyond.” 

The tower will connect to Singapore’s subterranean pedestrian network (SOM/Bezier)

Owners and developers of the project, Perennial Holdings Private Limited, and its consortium of investors, said: “We are proud to play our part in the transformation of Singapore’s skyline and cityscape as the nation builds up its credentials as a truly global city in the post-pandemic era.

“With the collaboration of world-class architecture firm, SOM, and renowned local architecture firm, DCA Architects, 8 Shenton Way will set a new standard for best-in-class integrated developments that elevate global standards of sustainability through design innovations and advanced technology.” 

8 Shenton Way is seeking the highest sustainability certification in the region (SOM/Bezier)

The building will be built using materials that minimise both embodied and operational carbon, such as zero-waste terracotta and engineered bamboo.

The concrete structure will utilise recycled aggregates and part of the existing foundation and infrastructure will be reused.

Targeting Building Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) Green Mark Platinum Certification, 8 Shenton Way is seeking the highest sustainability certification in the region. 

Landscaped gardens are located throughout the height of the tower. In total, the design includes more than 10,000 square metres of elevated, public green space.

To encourage more sustainable modes of transit, the tower will connect to Singapore’s subterranean pedestrian network. Bicycle and electric vehicle parking will also be provided. 

The project is scheduled for completion in 2028. 

Image credits: SOM/Bezier

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