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Executive Director, Chairman & CEO, Greenland Group
Business Development and Operations Manager, MAD Architects
CEO, M+S Pte. Ltd
Managing Director, ingenhoven architects
Development Manager, Far East Organization
Director, WOHA Architects
Executive Director of Poly USA, Poly Real Estate Development
Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Senior Architect, Tencent Technology
Design Partner, NBBJ
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.