Red Cross Singapore

The design concept of the new Red Cross Development centres around the existing site conditions and its inherent surroundings. The floor plans of the new development reacts to the odd triangular shaped site, whereby overlapping trapeziums fill the site which maximizes floor area and at the same time not compromising aesthetics and style. Situated next to FortCanning Park, an iconic landmark of Singapore, the new development also aims to create visual connectivity between the Red Cross Building and the lush greenery that lies across the expressway while at the same time to block off noise and smog from the cars. Therefore, strategic punctuations are made to the massing to create vistas towards Fort Canning Hill. These voids not only encourage natural cross ventilation, it also frames up and celebrates the surrounding natural landscape.

The form of the new building acts as an iconic statement, with its elevated environmental green deck. Voids are littered across this lush elevated deck, which allows for the retention and preservation of some of the existing trees as they punched out into this central courtyard. This creates an interesting juxtaposition between the mature trees and geometrical planters. The tall trees also enhance the space creating a peaceful haven for social gathering and activities. These voids play a secondary role in allowing for natural ventilation into the carpark below.

The louvered facade breaks the monotony of a towering 10 storey building, while not being ostentatious, it gives character to the building as well as acts as a backdrop for the existing Red Cross House. Both ends of the new building are cantilevered so lighten up the new building’s massing, as well as to provide green breathing spaces for a short break from a tiring day at work or training. The roof garden provides the opportunity and potential for larger social activities and gatherings, and provides astounding views to the surroundings.

The existing Red Cross Building will be retained while its internal layout will be revitalised to be more user-friendly, efficient and more spatially exciting. Measures will be taken to regularize the building to meet the current authorities’ standards and compliance to the respective requirements. The existing building will be connected to the new development seamlessly and will comply with the Universal Design so as to allow everyone to enjoy using the spaces within this new development.

Lim Cheng Kooi, G. Hartono
15 Penang Lane, Singapore