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VW+BS’ Periscope Building Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of Singapore

Posted By Molly Cotter On September 7, 2011 @ 11:10 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | No Comments

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In big, bustling cities, it’s hard to find new space [1] for commercial buildings. But the VW +BS [2] architectural firm took their search in Singapore above and beyond, literally. Their newly constructed Periscope building is tucked behind a series of storefronts [3] and it has a spectacular extension that rises high and hovers out and over the street below.


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Located in the Upper Circular Road area of Singapore [4], the Periscope had a great architectural history to work with. The area in general has undergone massive revitalization with warehouses and stores turning into high-end hotels [5], restaurants, and shops. The specific building the Periscope inhabits was built in the 19th century [6], restored once in the 1930′s, and left untouched since.

This innovative design includes minimal work to the existing building, simultaneously preserving [7] its past while adding yet another layer to its story. Singaporean conservation guidelines [8] also played a major role in the building’s design. Rules state that the first 7.5 meters of a space cannot be redeveloped. Henceforth, the entire new design is behind [9] and above the existing space.

The tall slender building includes four stories of office space and the top floating floor [10] features a restaurant with an entire wall’s view of the city. A six foot airwell [11] separates the top annex from the rest of the building. Borrowing the idea from old Singaporean shop houses [12], the structure allows light and ventilation to filter [13]into the rest of the building.

The Periscope helps enliven the streets of Singapore with a fresh new design while managing to preserve [14] the history of its industrial neighborhood.

+ VW + BS [2]

Via Architzer [15]


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[1] new space: http://inhabitat.com/shipping-containers-turn-warehouse-into-office-space/

[2] VW +BS: http://www.vwbs.co.uk

[3] storefronts: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/lot-ek-recycles-doors-into-a-clever-storefront-for-van-alen-books/

[4] Singapore: http://inhabitat.com/amazing-green-roof-art-school-in-singapore/

[5] hotels: http://inhabitat.com/dramatic-mint-hotel-amsterdam-captures-the-spirit-of-the-city-in-an-energy-efficient-way/

[6] 19th century: http://inhabitat.com/converted-church-turned-artist-loft-looks-for-new-owner/

[7] preserving: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/nyc-landmarks-commission-green-lights-twisty-tower-near-the-high-line/

[8] guidelines: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/nyc-modifies-building-code-to-require-more-energy-efficient-roofs/

[9] behind: http://inhabitat.com/vertical-gardens-by-patrick-blanc/

[10] floating floor: http://inhabitat.com/green-roofed-high-school-in-france-by-off-architecture/

[11] airwell: http://inhabitat.com/german-airports-use-bees-to-monitor-air-quality/comment-page-1/

[12] shop houses: http://inhabitat.com/stunning-singapore-home-wards-of-the-sweltering-heat-with-cool-water-ponds/

[13] filter : http://inhabitat.com/andrea-reaches-u-s-houseplants-to-filter-air/

[14] preserve: http://inhabitat.com/fabrica-social-helps-indigenous-mexican-women-preserve-promote-their-crafts/

[15] Architzer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/the-periscope/28927/

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