For many years, following its completion in 1973, the former UIC Building—located along Shenton Way—dominated the city skyline as Singapore’s tallest tower.
Following the rejuvenation of this stretch of buildings in the heart of the central business district, the UIC Building has been redeveloped into a striking new landmark, known as V on Shenton.
The twin tower project comprises a 23-storey Grade-A office building and a 53-storey residential tower that sit upon a plinth.
The dual programming of the building is highlighted through its massing. The office tower responds to the scale of the surrounding buildings and to the street, while the residential tower rises up to distinguish itself from its neighbours.
PLAY OF HEXAGONS
The steel substructure is wrapped in a distinctive honeycomb façade, augmented by a series of sky gardens that offer panoramic city views.
The continuous envelope of protruding and receding hexagons adds texture and cohesion to the building, while reflecting light and pocketing shade.
The play of varied forms and configurations differ according to the programmatic function and position. The office tower is based on a curtain wall module and an optimised number of panel types, recombined to create a signature pattern, while the residential façade is based on the stacks of unit types, combining modules with systematic material variations.
Thin blue ‘chamfers’ outline the entire project to visually unify and frame the language of the architecture, most visibly when lit up at night.
PRIVATE & PUBLIC SPACES
The development includes three fully integrated sky gardens—offering 360-degree panoramic views of Singapore, fresh air and a green refuge in the city, along with a variety of amenities and communal spaces. The most ample and diverse of the three sky gardens covers the entire eighth storey.
Above the sky garden on the 34th level of the residential tower, the unit mix changes with a subtle display of its split core. This separation also exhibits the natural ventilation concept of the tower, which is further effected through ventilation slots next to the cores.
The 510 residential units include two- to three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, with views of city and sea. The volumetric balconies add depth to the façade.
The office tower also includes two storeys of retail space and parking.
On ground level, next to the office tower lobby, a large café forms the central meeting point for the public areas. Stainless steel lines inlaid into the floor, lines of light in the ceilings, and vertical lamellas-clad car ramps are some of the wayfinding guides in the common areas for visitors.
Project Name: V on Shenton
Location: 5, Shenton Way, UIC Building, Singapore
Completion Date: October 2017
Site Area: 6,778.06 square metres
Gross Floor Area: 85,507 square metres
Building Height: Residential: 54 storeys; 237 metres Office: 23 storeys; 123 metres
Developer: UIC Investments (Properties) Pte Ltd
Design Consultant: UNStudio
Principal Design Consultant: Ben van Berkel; Astrid Piber
Executive Architect: Architects 61 Pte Ltd
Principal Architect (QP): Michael Ngu
Landscape Architect: COEN Design International Pte Ltd
Green Building Consultant: Aurecon Singapore (Pte) Ltd
Façade & Curtain Wall: Aurecon Singapore (Pte) Ltd
Civil & Structural Engineer: DE Consultants (S) Pte Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: J. Roger Preston (S) Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon KPK (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Lighting Consultant: ONG&ONG Pte Ltd
Wayfinding & Signage: Square Peg Design Asia Pte Ltd
Main Contractor: Samsung C&T Singapore Pte Ltd
Façade Subcontractor: Jangho Curtain Wall Singapore Pte Ltd
Images: Darren Soh