Chair: Tim Neal
President & CEO, CallisonRTKL

Speakers

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Jun Chen
Executive Director, Chairman & CEO, Greenland Group
 
Noreen Wu
Business Development and Operations Manager, MAD Architects
 

Kemmy Tan
CEO, M+S Pte. Ltd
 
Martin Reuter
Managing Director, ingenhoven architects
 

Wanling Lee
Development Manager, Far East Organization
 
Hong Wei Phua
Director, WOHA Architects
 

Stephen Wang
Executive Director of Poly USA, Poly Real Estate Development
 
Leo Chow
Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
 

Jiang Ling
Senior Architect, Tencent Technology
 
Jonathan Ward
Design Partner, NBBJ
 

Session Summary

The second session, chaired by Tim Neal, President & CEO, CallisonRTKL of the Best Tall Building Asia and Australasia category opened with a presentation of the Huangshan Mountain Village, a collection of ten buildings in the mountainous terrain of Eastern China. The project, which is part of a greater master plan for Huangshan, aims to retain the history of the ancient villages in the area, as well as to “create architecture that dissolves into the landscape,” according to Noreen Wu, Business Development and Operations Manager, MAD Architects. Notably, the development spans 10.3-hectares of a UNESCO World Heritage site and national park.

The next Award of Excellence Recipient presenters had a vision for Singapore to be “a global heart for Asian companies,” with the creation of Marina One. The mixed-use building, which is currently occupied by several Fortune 500 companies, was completed in less than four years. It was designed to be a “sanctuary in the city jungle,” according to Martin Reuter, Managing Director, ingenhoven architects, with its sky gardens, large public plaza, and vibrant greenery.

Continuing the theme of blending nature with built structures, Oasia Hotel Downtown features 54 species of plants climbing an aluminum mesh façade; a material that creates a supportive environment for birds, lizards and other animals. “People are leading increasingly insular lives with little contact with nature,” said Hong Wei Pha, Director, WOHA Architects. “We asked ourselves: can buildings be reimagined as infrastructure with greenery and amenities?” The project, which was later recognized as the “Best Tall Building Worldwide”, features open-air terraces at height, which it achieved by relocating structural supports to the exterior.

Poly International Plaza’s presentation, led by Leo Chow, Design Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, explored sustainable design through the lens of breathability – addressing air quality through an accentuated double skin and high-performance workplace. “We asked: how do you maximize daylight, while also maximizing human comfort?” said Chow. “We introduced a double skin system, which is sealed in the winter and ventilated in the summer to keep the building cool.”

Rounding out the final sessions of the conference, Jiang Ling, Senior Architect, Tencent Technology, and Jonathan Ward, Design Partner, NBBJ, presented the Tencent Seafront Towers, a complex linked through multi-story, inter-woven skybridges that fittingly emphasize connection between employees, ideas and innovation. “There’s an importance to visually connecting, to really being able to see each other while at Tencent Seafront Towers,” said Ward. “We created a vertical campus where we took all the programming from the podium and moved it up into the towers.”

The Oasia Hotel Downtown won 2018 Best Tall Building Asia and Australasia and was also selected as the Best Tall Building Worldwide.

Session Photo Gallery

Noreen Wu, Business Development and Operations Manager, MAD Architects, elaborates on the aim to integrate the Huangshan Mountain Village with the natural mountainous terrain of Eastern China.
Kemmy Tan, CEO, M+S Pte. Ltd, expands on the Marina One complex, which was built with a focus on greenery and biodiversity.
Martin Reuter, Managing Director, ingenhoven architects, details the concept behind Marina One, which hosts several Fortune 500 companies.
Wanling Lee, Development Manager, Far East Organization, and Hong Wei Phua, Director, WOHA Architects, outline the strategy behind Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore, which won the Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia and Best Tall Building Worldwide awards.
Leo Chow, Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, notes the motivation of breathability and natural ventilation within the design of Poly International Plaza.
Jiang Ling, Senior Architect, Tencent Technology, highlights the notable multi-story inter-woven skybridges of Tencent Seafront Towers.
Jonathan Ward, Design Partner, NBBJ, imparts the importance of connection within the vertical campus of Tencent Seafront Towers.
CTBUH Trustee and Session Chair Tim Neal, President & CEO, CallisonRTKL, welcomes audience members and presenters to the second Best Tall Building Asia and Australasia session.
From left: CTBUH Trustee and Session Chair Tim Neal, President & CEO, CallisonRTKL stand with Martin Reuter, Managing Director, ingenhoven architects; Kemmy Tan, CEO, M+S Pte. Ltd; Noreen Wu, Business Development and Operations Manager, MAD Architects; Wanling Lee, Development Manager, Far East Organization; Hong Wei Phua, Director, WOHA Architects; Leo Chow, Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Jiang Ling, Senior Architect, Tencent Technology; and Jonathan Ward, Design Partner, NBBJ, for a photo at the conclusion of the session.