Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has announced the completion of Robinson Tower, the firm’s latest project in Singapore, executed in collaboration with Associate Architect A61.
Passed in 2014, Singapore’s Landscape Replacement Policy requires that any greenery lost due to development must be replaced with publicly accessible greenery in equal area within the new building. This obligation, coupled with the constrained, V-shaped site defined by Market Street and Robinson Road, influenced KPF’s design solution for Robinson Tower. Its sculptural form comprises two primary volumes – an office tower elevated above a retail podium – separated by the podium’s manicured roof space. The elevation of the tower’s maximizes marina views for the twenty boutique office floors and highlights the podium roof-scape and enclosed rooftop garden.
The podiums hover slightly above street level, enhancing its spaciousness and continuity from the ground entrance into the atrium garden. This atrium forms the centre where the office lobby, retail and food & beverage spaces meet. While floor-to-ceiling windows facing Robinson Road encourage dialogue between the interiors and the streetscape.
Bruce Fisher, KPF Design Director, reflects on Robinson Tower’s design brief:
“At its core, this project presented the overlapping challenges of planning Class-A office space on an irregular site with environmental checks. However, these conditions ultimately drove the design’s success, all the while capitalizing on the expanse of Robinson Road’s visual corridor.”
As of July 1st, 2019, Robinson Tower houses KPF’s Singapore office, which was founded in 2018. The tower joins KPF’s portfolio of high-profile Singapore work, including the Marina Bay Financial Centre and Suites, One Raffles Quay and One Raffles Link, and SGX, the home of the Singapore Stock Exchange.
All images are credited to Tom Griffth