China Square Plaza

Singapore, 2007
Site Area   :   2,220 sqm
Building Type   :   Commercial / Retail
Building Height   :   3 Storey + 1 Basement Car Park
Gross Floor Area   :   5,591 sqm

The site is located at Telok Ayer Street within a commercial area that is characterized by the surrounding historical shop-houses.  The new design transformed the existing 3-storey food centre into a mixed development for office and retail use with basement carpark. 

The design is unique in its facade treatment and pioneers the innovative use of different types of glass with various transparency to create visual depth and pattern. Despite retaining the existing structural grid of the original building, the new facade fabric defuses the rigidity of the grid-like structural module and gives the existing building a sophisticated and endearing face-lift.

Apart from the common usual modular syntax, the facade of this commercial block differ significantly from the dogmatic character of the Telok Ayer Street commercial developments, above all in the absence of the rigidly grid-lined curtain walls modules.