1/03/2012

Neighborhoods In the Sky


UNStudio revealed in early December its design for a 31-story residential tower in Singapore.  The tower represents a new take on functional and flexible space.  The structure is conceived as a framework for a vertical city complete with landscaped gardens, sky terraces, roof gardens and recreational facilities.  The proposed Scotts Tower creates neighborhoods in the sky, designating a specific identity to various zones that make up the building.



The Tower is ordered by a "vertical frame" which organizes the programmatic necessities in a manner that responds to the urban context, and a "sky frame" that dictates the arrangement of gardens.  Four residential zones are formed by the relationship between the two frames, and are clustered around different types of gardens which provide views of both the cityscape and natural landscape.  The residences offer different identities, in terms of type, scale, distribution and articulation of outdoor space, along with personalization of the interior layout.  the integration of balconies allows the tower to take advantage of the dense metropolis  and an unfolding natural landscape.




At ground level, the existing garden to the west of the site is extended into The Scotts Tower, incorporating a multi-layered environment which links the different zones and recreational facilities available to residents.  A vertical green gateway is defined by the lower "sky lobby" and the "sky garden" a few levels up on the roof which offers panoramic views and use as a social platform for outdoor events.  The diversified and continuous use of green throughout the high rise creates a distinct atmosphere for its residents, and a new kind of experience for the city.