The winning design from Serie + Multiply Consultants Pte Ltd reflects a civic building that brings order and restoration befitting of a courthouse.
At the same time, the design resolves to make a link to the adjacent historic Chinatown by adopting the colours and textures of the clay pitched roofs of the conserved shop houses of the Chinatown area, by cladding the exterior of the courtrooms in terracotta tiles. The segregation created by the twin blocks enhances the clarity in the circulation for the users and occupants.
The winning design makes for good buildability with sufficient scope for standardisation of its various elements. The design features many strategies for creating an eco-friendly building such as using high-rise gardens to filter the afternoon sun, naturally ventilated corridors and bringing daylight into the interaction areas.
The multiple high-rise sky terraces bring green relief to the built-up city and provide soothing gardens to the users. The jury commends it as a new typology for the courthouse: a high-rise tropical courthouse imbued with greenery.
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