SIA Architectural Design Awards 2021 – Category: Commercial Projects
o Garden Curtain Wall, Formwerkz Architects LLP
Reimagining the conventional infill urban office block typology and its façade. South Bridge Road Office thickens its building envelope to create a new interface between the office interior, nature and the city.
The 6-storey corner office building is located at the intersection of South Bridge Road and Hong Kong Street. The project interrogates and exploits the limit of envelop control in urban sites to re-examine the ubiquitous glass curtain wall, commonly associated with offices.
The design of the Garden Curtain Wall is an unconventional approach to an office building typology nestled in a shophouse city block: a departure from the usual approach to usable space, GFA and sky terraces. Targeted incisive design gestures interpret office space and green pockets inserted into a façade expressed as a separate skin in a refreshing way. Executed within a well-scaled envelope, the project lends an intangible and visual design quality that the Jury appreciates.