Art & Architecture + [WOHA]

48 North Canal Road, Singapore: 48 North Canal Road by Woha
48 North Canal Road by Woha

The project brief called for a new boutique office and the reconstruction of a pair of heritage-listed shophouses.

48 North Canal Road by Woha

Woha was commissioned only after their demolition to reconstruct the shopfront (up to 7.5m depth) in accordance with Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority's conservation and planning guidelines, and to design an entirely new, contemporary rear wing.

48 North Canal Road by Woha

As the original floor levels with their low ceiling heights were retained, the front end of the shophouses was deemed more suitable for meeting rooms, while the service end accommodated a mechanised carpark.

48 North Canal Road by Woha

The idea was to strategically lift up the open plan offices within the upper 4 floors where the floor plate size is maximised, higher headroom is gained, better views are enjoyed and more natural daylight is accessed from the sides.

48 North Canal Road by Woha

Every flat roof area is also transformed into roof gardens with the attic featuring the office's recreational lounge from which unblocked panoramic views of Hong Lim Park and Parkroyal on Pickering Hotel can be enjoyed.

48 North Canal Road by Woha

Unlike a typical internalised courtyard, the main design strategy was to invert the shophouse typology by carving out valuable floor area to create an externalised, urban, public pocket park at the very heart of the office instead.

48 North Canal Road by Woha

A café, break-out areas and meeting rooms are organised around this park, enjoying the greenery and light that it brings to the deep plan. This public gesture further serves to reduce the intermediate scale of the 9-storey building to a more intimate, human scale at the pocket park below.

48 North Canal Road by Woha

The formal architectural language of fractal, triangulated geometry originated from the need to comply with authority requirements of having splayed corners as the building is bounded by three roads.

48 North Canal Road by Woha

This inspired a chiselled expression that was carried through in both plan and elevation, taking the form of internal angled walls and external slanted planes, revealing a concave curtain wall like that of crystal embedded in the hollow lower strata of its atrium park space.

48 North Canal Road by Woha

Shading was also built into the formal language by means of an integrated sun screen within the curtain wall system and a series of perforated aluminium panels.

48 North Canal Road by Woha
48 North Canal Road by Woha
48 North Canal Road by Woha
48 North Canal Road by Woha
48 North Canal Road by Woha
48 North Canal Road by Woha

Location: 48 North Canal Road, Singapore Architects: WOHA Project Team: Wong Mun Summ, Richard Hassell, Ang Chow Hwee, Daniel Fung, Dennis P. Formalejo, Christina Ong, Eric Barthole Project Manager: Hong How Projects Pte Ltd Civil and Structural Engineering: Cp Lim & Partners Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Squire Mech Pte Ltd Quantity Surveyors: Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte Ltd Landscape Consultant: Coen International Pte Ltd Main Contractor: Takenaka Corporation Site Area: 326 sqm Area: 1,370 sqm Year: 2012 Client: Maybank Kim Eng Properties Pte Ltd Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

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