The Star
one-north / Singapore
Rock Productions Pte Ltd and CapitaMalls Asia Limited
Design and Project Architect
Completion year
Gross area of the entire development
62,000 sq m
The building is a collaboration between two private organisations, Rock Productions, the commercial arm of a charismatic church, the New Creation Church and a hard nosed and experienced Singapore developer CapitaMalls Asia.
They agreed to build a property with 24,000 square metres of rentable floor space and a state of the art performance venue for an audience of 5,000 people in a floor space of 38,000 square metres. Supporting this is 24,000 sq m of retail space on four levels.
The first big surprise of Andrew Bromberg of Aedas's design is that
the enormous 5,000-seat auditorium,by far the largest such auditorium in Singapore, is propped up at the top of the building by vast, raking columns. Its underbelly serves as the ceiling for the 33 m high grand cathedral, open to the elements but sheltered from them by the bulk of the auditorium above.
The second very pleasant surprise is that
in the hot wet humid Singapore climate and in the vast open spaces of the grand space and its surrounding open shop fronts the passive, sustainable environmental controls actually work. It is possible to register a difference in free air temperature by walking from one zone in the Grand Foyer to another so it seems likely that something has worked.
The cladding also contributes to the building's sustainable credentials.
Sourced in China where the panels were pre-assembled, the glazing units are high performance triple sheets of glass with a mylar interlayer which reduces solar gain and creates a translucent appearance.
This is such an exceptional building which meets its almost impossible brief of combining utterly different functions in one coherent and heroic structure in a way that nobody from either Western or Eastern architectural traditions could have possibly imagined.
A&D Trophy Awards 2014
Certificate of Excellence, Architecture (Professional) Commercial, Retail or Office
A&D Trophy Awards 2014
Certificate of Excellence, Architecture (Professional) Mixed-Use
ENR Global Best Projects Awards 2014
Winner, Best Global Project, Retail / Mixed-use Developments
Quality Building Award 2014
Merit Award, Building Outside Hong Kong
A' Design Awards 2013 - 2014
Golden Winner, Architecture, Building and Structure Design
Cityscape Awards for Architecture in Emerging Markets 2014
Finalist, Built Retail Project Award
MIPIM Asia Awards 2013
Silver, Best Retail and Leisure Development
World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013
Finalist, Completed Buildings, Culture, Theatres
MIPIM Awards 2013
Finalist, Best Shopping Centre
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