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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

PARKROYAL in Pickering, Singapore by WOHA

September 25th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: WOHA

Designed as a hotel and office in a garden, the project at Upper Pickering Street is a study of how we can increase the green replacement in a highrise development in the city center and multiply it in a manner that is architecturally striking, integrated and sustainable.

Street view from traffic junction, Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

  • Architects:  WOHA
  • Project: PARKROYAL
  • Location: 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
  • Photography: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Project Dates: 

  • Design Inception: Dec 2007
  • Start of Construction: Dec 2009
  • Soft Opening: January 2013
  • TOP 1 (Phase 1 Office Block, 1st, 5th storey to roof level): 01 Oct 2012
  • TOP 1A (Phase 1A Office Block, lobby at 3rd and 4th storey): 19 Oct 2012
  • TOP 2 (Phase 2 Hotel and Office Block 2nd-4th storeys): 23 Nov 2012
  • Project Cost: S$ 137 million

ID package: 

  • All guest room include suite & internal corridor ID Packages: S$ 17.8 million
  • Hotel Public Area ID Packages: S$ 3.8 million

Site context with Hong Lim Park in
forefront., Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Project Size
  • Gross Floor Area: 29,811.54 sqm
  • Plot Area: 6,958.9 sqm
  • Project Team: Wong Mun Summ, Richard Hassell, Donovan Soon, Sim Choon Heok, Toh Hua Jack, Bernard Lee, Amber Dar Wagh, Mappaudang Ridwan Saleh, Evelyn Ng, John Paul Gonzalez, Josephine Isip Goh Kai Shien, Luu Dieu Khanh , Tan Szue Hann, Alen Low, Pham Sing Yeong, Vanessa Ong, Novita Johana, Andre Kumar Alexander.
  • Client: UOL Group Limited
  • Management Company: Pan Pacific Hotels Group
  • Civil & Structural Engr: TEP Consultants Pte Ltd
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engr: BECA Carter Hollings & Ferner (S. E. Asia) Pte Ltd
  • Quantity Surveyors: Rider Levett Bucknall LLP
  • Lighting Consultant: Lighting Planners Associates (S) Pte Ltd
  • Landscape Consultant: Tierra Design (S) Pte Ltd
  • Façade Consultant: Meinhardt Facade Technology (S) Pte Ltd
  • Greenmark Consultant: LJ Energy Pte Ltd
  • Acoustic Consultant: CCW Associates Pte Ltd
  • Signage Consultant: Design Objectives Pte Ltd
  • Kitchen Consultant: KI Consultant Pte Ltd
  • Main Contractor: Tiong Seng Contractors (Pte) Ltd

View of sky terrace from deluxe
room, Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Located in central Singapore, the site is at a junction between the CBD and the colorful districts of Chinatown and Clark Quay, and faces Hong Lim Park. A contoured podium responds to the street scale, drawing inspiration from a combination of landscaped bonsai arrangements that are modelled, chiselled and spliced to mimic natural landscapes and mountain rock formations as well as that of the contoured padi fields of Asia. These contours are precast concrete elements of modular radii, allowing the complex, sculptural podium to be put together from a basic ‘kit of parts’.

View from 5t h floor looking up to
underside of sculpted sky terraces, Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

On the ground the contours create dramatic outdoor plazas and gardens which flow seamlessly into the interiors. Greenery from the park is drawn up in the form of planted valleys, gullies and waterfalls. The landscaping also conceal openings to the above ground carparking while allowing in air and natural light. The top of the podium is a lush landscaped terrace housing the development’s recreational facilities, with infinity edge pools opening up unobstructed views of the city. Birdcage cabanas perched over the waters add interest and delight.

Sculpted walls and ceiling details, Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

The crisp and streamlined tower blocks harmonize with surrounding high-rise office buildings. They are attenuated into an open-sided courtyard configuration, breaking down the ‘wall of buildings’ effect and maximizing views and daylighting into the building. Blue and green glass create a patina that recall the waters of Singapore River adjacent. Lofty 4 storey sky gardens which bring lush greenery directly to the rooms and breaks down the scale of the building.

Cavernous hotel entrance and
drop-off, Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Corridors, lobbies and common washrooms are designed as garden spaces with stepping stones, planting and water features which create an alluring resort ambiance with natural light and fresh air, instead of being 24-hour energy guzzling air conditioned spaces. Tall overhangs work together with leafy foliage to screen these spaces from the weather and direct sun.

Club lounge, Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

A total of 15,000m2 of skygardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces and green walls were designed; this is double the site area or equivalent to the footprint of Hong Lim Park!  A diverse variety of species ranging from shade trees, tall palms, flowering plants, leafy shrubs and overhanging creepers come together to create a lush tropical setting that is attractive not only to the people but also to insects and birds, extending the green areas from Hong Lim Park and encouraging bio-diversity in the city.

Hotel entrance and lobby from 2nd
floor meeting spaces, Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

These landscapes are designed to be self-sustaining and rely minimally on precious resources. Rainwater collected from upper floors irrigate planters on the lower floors by gravity supplemented by non-potable recycled Newater, which will also be used for all water features. Photovoltaic cell arrays on the roof will power grow lamps and softscape lighting, making these Singapore’s and perhaps the world’s first Zero Energy Skygardens!

This project is awarded Singapore’s Green Mark Platinum, the nation’s highest environmental certification. The hotel officially opened in January 2013.

View of urban verandah and
covered walkway, Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

View of sky terrace from deluxe
room, Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Public areas lift lobby looking
towards all-day dining restaurant, Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Hotel porte-cochere, Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

View of sky terraces from club
lounge, Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

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