Masterplanning, Architecture, Interior Design
Mixed-use, Retail, Transport
Sun Hung Kai Properties, CapitaLand

A landmark retail icon

Now celebrated as part of the city’s famous skyline, ION Orchard was the first development to bring Benoy to Singapore.

This truly mixed-use development has taken on significant national importance for the city state. Since opening in 2009, it has been named as one of four Service Icons by the Singapore government.

Complementing the retail, residential and leisure offers, the scheme enjoys an abundance of public space, strong pedestrian thoroughfares and a design that balances striking aesthetics with commercial understanding.

Located on Singapore’s famous shopping street, Orchard Road, ION Orchard is a major retail destination offering eight levels of retail, from basement four to level four, alongside an art gallery and open event space; located at the very heart of the development this 3,000m2 urban space is a natural focal point for both large and small events – from festivals and shows to meetings and exhibitions.

The Orchard Residences tower consists of 46 floors with a leisure deck and sky garden on the 9th and 30th levels respectively. At the summit of the tower, an observation gallery captures 360 degree views of the city.


Blending form and function

Media expression is a key component of the design. Incorporating the latest LED display technology, the façade has been transformed into a communicative face, injecting energy into the public realm.

Breaking new design ground, Benoy also introduced the first pure monocoque façade and canopy structure in Singapore. The glass and perforated metal structure is both practical and visually dynamic, providing cover to the public space and drawing passers-by to the retail core. 

Continuing the natural theme, the MRT station located at the entrance to the event space has been designed as a fully transparent ‘Waterdrop’.

Benoy’s design successfully links the shopping mall to its surroundings. Within the scheme, pedestrian routes have been strategically located to connect to existing city networks, public transport, streets and neighbouring buildings.

A curvilinear art gallery introduces an important new cultural space for Orchard Road. This venue integrates with the retail offer, breaking down barriers between interior and exterior space; a figurative gesture that physically brings culture closer to the public.

Celebrating the site’s history

The Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority’s brief to Benoy included its desire to rejuvenate Orchard Road and so the design aimed to generate activity at pedestrian level and so contribute to the vibrancy of the area and street scene.

The design response for ION Orchard and The Orchard Residences drew inspiration from the site’s antecedents as an orchard. Benoy’s concept was conceived as an urban seed that would lead to a dynamic reimagination of Orchard Road, bringing forth a new urban realm to the busy city centre. The retail roof structure draws upon the idea of a ‘Canopy of trees’ and the iconic tower design is based on the concept of ‘Roots and shoots’, celebrating both the site’s history and future.

When designing the residential component, Benoy considered the contours of a green shoot or a blade of grass, growing up out of the canopy of foliage below.