UNStudio: new UIC building V on shenton, singapore
UNStudio: new UIC building   V on shenton, singapore UNStudio: new UIC building   V on shenton, singapore
aug 01, 2012

UNStudio: new UIC building V on shenton, singapore

‘V on shenton’ by UNStudio, singapore all images courtesy of UNStudio




architect ben van berkel of international firm UNStudio has recently finalized plans for the new ‘V on shenton’ as part of the UIC building, a mixed-use addition to a revitalization plan in singapore’s central business district. two towers sit upon a plinth, 23-stories committed to office functions shadowed by a 53-storey vertically-split residential building. sky lobbies and a sky garden punctuate the volumes to provide unobstructed views of the city and ocean while clean air is produced by the native vegetation.


a variety of protruding and receding hexagons drive the shape of the living facade attached to the steel substructure. the geometric sections reflect light and provide shade and comfort as well as aesthetic appeal, changing form and configuration depending on their programmatic function and position. thin blue ‘chamfers’ outline the entire project to visually unify and frame the language of the architecture, and an open lobby and cafe open to the public on the ground level.

exterior render

lobby with café

sky garden section perspectives

facade section perspective




ben van berkel explains the concept behind the façade:


‘the pattern of the façade comprises four to five different textures, each varying depending on the programme. at times the glass of the façade creates texture through the relief effect and the coloured side lighting, whilst the volumetric balconies of the residences create a deep texture in the total volume of the building.’



  facade construction

residential stacking configuration


office parking envelope strategies

building envelope concept

office façade pattern

pattern options

conceptual diagram

massing diagrams

chamfer line


residential construction


  • The building structure and especially the hexagon fassade seems to be quite sophisticated and neat, but that “I really want to score”-blue framing design spoils the whole thing. In my humble opinion 😉

    Tico says:
  • Apart from the issue of WHY?…the seminal hexagonal “aesthetic” seems arbitrarily applied as in the building’s curved shapes and rectangular plan. Like a character in a play, I keep waiting for that revelation that explains its pertinence other than a series of questionable justifications.
    Perhaps the explanation of this building and its rationale are too complex for this venue to communicate.
    That being said, the chamfers, and their stated rationale…is pure first year grad school stuff, and in my opinion, points up the bankruptcy of Formalism, and the way its approach reduces architecture to design.

    Chaszr says:
  • @ Tico: Are you Costarrican? 😀 I really like the concept of this building, it is clear that when you design with a concept on mind everything comes up better. Tumbs up.

    Arq. Andros says:
  • I am from Singaporea and I think the blue chamfer/frame/whatever-it-is-marketed-as makes me speechless. I am hoping local regulations had a part to play in determining the final result because the design is a bit disappointing if it is direct from UN Studio.

    JKL says:
  • I like the architecture, having to think it through for the GREEN facade to achieve within minimal materials use but with effective results, come to SIngapore and see what the locals have done….you will see layers of materials and $$ put in place and then call it GREEN.

    LL says:

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