Benoy is very proud to announce that Plaza Singapura has been named the winner of the 2013 Shopping Centre Renovation Award at the Global Retail & Leisure (RLI) Dinner on Thursday 6th June. Hosted at the Natural History Museum in London, Plaza Singapura was recognised for demonstrating innovation through architecture and design, for contributing to the overall regeneration of the area and for taking steps to improve sustainability.
Plaza Singapura is a long established retail destination located at the entrance of the famous Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore. Newly renovated and extended, the mall creatively converted and amalgamated three floors of prime commercial office space from two separate towers into a unified retail offering of over 89,000m2. A dynamic façade wrapping unites the three developments, a key design element to seamlessly bring together the previously discrete elements. Following a ribbon-like motif, the fluid and elegant exterior design was inspired by the Stamford Canal and has revitalised the underused plaza through the creation of several large canopies and enhanced active frontage.
The addition of two large atria placed between the existing towers allows generous natural light to flow into the lower interior spaces and the bustling Dhoby Ghaut MRT station beneath the development. To mirror the façade design, the interior detailing focusses on dynamic forms and flowing patterns. In keeping with Plaza Singapura’s existing Green Mark Gold Award from 2011, sustainable products and Singapore Green Label Scheme (SGLS) certified products were used in the renovation to contribute to considerable water and energy savings.
Meeta Patel, Director of Asia in Singapore, commented ‘Plaza Singapura has deep roots in Singapore and has long been a popular retail destination in the city. We are extremely excited to have been involved in the development’s transformation and to be recognised for the contributions to regeneration, innovation and sustainability that the new scheme delivers’.