LaSalle campus’ ‘glass gem’ bags top building award

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.


Great designs

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.


Residential projects

Design award

19 Jalan Elok: Chang Architects (Best project below $1m in construction cost)

2Q Bishopgate: Chan Sau Yan Associates

Alleyway House: Formwerkz Architects


Honourable mention

Newton Suites: WOHA Architects

House at Holland: RT+Q Architects

22 Capricon Drive: HYLA Architects

Forest Study: K2LD Architects



Commercial projects

Design award

The Chedi: Kerry Hill Architects in association with Tandem Architects


Honourable mention

Aramsa Spa: Formwerkz Architects



Institutional projects

Design award

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

Design award

Stadium MRT station: WOHA Architects


Honourable mention

Xilinx Building: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers

Terminal 3, Changi Airport: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd



Interior architecture


Honourable mention

Bodhi Art Gallery: SCDA Architects




Honourable mention

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

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