LaSalle campus’ ‘glass gem’ bags top building award
It scoops Building of the Year title handed out by Singapore Institute of Architects
By Jessica Lim
THE new LaSalle campus complex, a striking array of glass and stone facades linked by bridges, scooped top honours at the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) awards ceremony last night.
A panel of five named the complex as Building of the Year and made its designers, RSP Architects Planners and Engineers, the stars of the show at the Suntec Convention Centre ceremony.
‘We wanted the LaSalle building to integrate with the grain of the city and be dynamic; we accomplished this and we are very happy about the win,’ said company director Pok Siew Fatt.
SIA handed out 21 awards – selected from 157 submissions – including two key awards for Building of the Year and the best project below $1m in construction cost.
The judging panel included SIA president Tai Lee Siang; the head of National University of Singapore’s architecture department, Professor Wong Yunn Chii; and renowned architect Mok Wei Wei.
They evaluated submissions on points such as sustainability, elegance of construction and attention to detail.
Mr Tai told the ceremony last night: ‘The LaSalle building is an example of how we are moving towards an architectural capital, which needs the major city buildings to meet high architectural standards.’
National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan told the dinner guests that the architecture fraternity was a key partner of his ministry and its agencies.
‘While we set out the plans to guide the growth and development of Singapore, it is you [the architects] who actually come up with the designs that shape our landscape,’ said Mr Mah, who also unveiled a new Urban Redevelopment Authority plan centred on recreational infrastructure.
SEVEN design awards and 12 honourable mentions were handed out in six categories, as well as two new key awards – Best project below $1 million in construction cost and Building of the Year.
19 Jalan Elok: Chang Architects (Best project below $1m in construction cost)
2Q Bishopgate: Chan Sau Yan Associates
Alleyway House: Formwerkz Architects
Newton Suites: WOHA Architects
House at Holland: RT+Q Architects
22 Capricon Drive: HYLA Architects
Forest Study: K2LD Architects
The Chedi: Kerry Hill Architects in association with Tandem Architects
Aramsa Spa: Formwerkz Architects
LaSalle College of the Arts: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Building of the Year)
Republic Polytechnic: DP Architects in association with Maki and Associates
Industrial, transport & infrastructure projects
Stadium MRT station: WOHA Architects
Xilinx Building: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers
Terminal 3, Changi Airport: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Bodhi Art Gallery: SCDA Architects
62 Niven Road: Linghao Architects
Singapore High Commission: SCDA Architects Visitor’s Centre at Horticulture Park: MKPL Architects
Tampines interim upgrading programme: Teh Joo Heng Architects
Source: Straits Times