This mixed-use downtown development will redefine Singapore’s skyline as the city’s tallest building, and will be among Asia’s most sustainable skyscrapers.
With expansive public spaces, offices, retail, a hotel, and luxury residences, 8 Shenton Way is poised to become one of Singapore’s most identifiable landmarks, offering a diverse mix of functions and amenities befitting a preeminent international city. It will anchor the intersection of Singapore’s Central Business District and Marina Bay, the historic Tanjong Pagar neighborhood, and the emerging Greater Southern Waterfront—becoming a centerpiece at the place where these districts converge.
Nature and sustainability are driving forces behind the design. The tower is inspired by bamboo forests—a biophilic design approach that echoes vertical elements found in nature. Materials are chosen to minimize both embodied and operational carbon, from the zero-waste manufacture of terracotta to the use of engineered bamboo. Targeting Building Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) Green Mark Platinum Certification—equivalent to a 55 percent energy reduction compared to the benchmark—8 Shenton Way is seeking the highest sustainability certification in the region.
A public performance and events space with retail, seating, and bike racks will activate the street. Landscaping will extend from the street into the building, creating a seamless, green pedestrian corridor. On the second floor, an open-air green space with restaurants offers room to gather, surrounded by a biodiverse landscape with plants chosen to attract birds and butterflies.
To encourage more sustainable modes of transit, the tower will connect to Singapore’s subterranean pedestrian network, including direct underground connectivity to the Tanjong Pagar Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station, as well as two additional MRT stations within a five-minute walk.
The building facade is characterized by natural materials—champagne-colored terracotta and bamboo along the walls of the sky gardens—with curved edges that create bay windows on nearly every floor, offering vast sightlines toward the city and the sea. A series of garden terraces will carry the lush tropical landscaping of the street into the sky. In total, the design includes more than 10,000 square meters of elevated, public green space—exceeding the entire footprint of the site. There are seven terraces altogether, including one for the hotel floors and three for the residential levels. Carved out of the building every five to six floors, the gardens will provide light, air, and natural ventilation.
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