Design Revealed for 8 Shenton Way, a Building Poised to Redefine Singapore’s Skyline as the City’s Tallest, and Among Asia’s Most Sustainable Skyscrapers


The 63-storey mixed-use downtown development is inspired by the tropical climate, taking cues from bamboo forests to create an indoor-outdoor vertical community of public spaces, offices, retail, hotel and luxury residences

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 27 October 2022 – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has revealed the design of 8 Shenton Way, a new 63-story tower that will anchor the intersection of Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD) and Marina Bay, the historic Tanjong Pagar neighborhood, and the emerging Greater Southern Waterfront. Soon to be one of the most identifiable landmarks on the skyline, the tower will soar 305 meters — becoming Singapore’s tallest skyscraper — weaving in the lush tropical landscape from Shenton Way, Anson Road, and Maxwell Road into the sky.

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The development will integrate dynamic live, work, and play elements, while elevating luxury in Singapore’s downtown. A public performance and events space with retail, seating, and bike racks will activate the street. Landscaping will extend from the street into the building, creating a seamless green corridor for pedestrians. On the second floor, an open-air green space with restaurants offers room to gather, surrounded by a biodiverse landscape with plants chosen specifically to attract birds and butterflies. In total, the design includes more than 10,000 square meters of elevated, public green space — exceeding the footprint of the entire site.

The building facade is characterized by natural materials — champagne-colored terracotta and bamboo along the walls of the sky gardens—with curved edges that create bay windows on nearly every floor, offering vast sightlines of the city and the sea. In the lobby, wood, stone, and terracotta finishes flank artwork and a reflecting pool, with a multi-floor atrium framing the space above. Landscaped sky gardens located throughout the height of the tower create a place of respite, building occupants ample room for an outdoor escape in the sky. There are seven terraces altogether, including one for the hotel floors and three for the residential levels, carved out of the building every five to six floors bringing light, air, and natural ventilation to prioritize wellbeing. The residences occupy the highest levels of the tower, enjoying the most impressive views.

Across more than 148,000 square meters of floor space, 8 Shenton Way incorporates a variety of post-pandemic features, prioritizing tenants’ health. Contactless technology, antimicrobial materials, enhanced natural air flow and filtration, adaptable interior spaces, and large, landscaped outdoor spaces collectively create a robust offering of healthier, wellness-focused spaces in the heart of the city.

To encourage more sustainable modes of transit, the tower will connect to Singapore’s subterranean pedestrian network, including direct underground connectivity to the Tanjong Pagar Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station, as well as two additional MRT stations within a five-minute walk: the Maxwell MRT Station, which will serve the Thomson-East Coast Line and slated to commence service in November this year, and the Prince Edward MRT Station, which will close the loop between Harbourfront and Marina Bay MRT stations on the Circle Line in 2026. Bicycle and electronic vehicle parking will also be provided.

8 Shenton Way is owned and being developed by Perennial Holdings Private Limited and its consortium of investors. SOM is serving as Architectural Design Consultant and with DCA Architects of Singapore serving as Architect of 8 Shenton Way. The project is anticipated for completion in 2028.

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About Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is a global practice of architects, designers, engineers, and planners, responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings and significant public spaces. From a strategic regional plan to a single piece of furniture, SOM’s designs anticipate change in the way we live, work, and communicate, and have brought lasting value to communities around the world. The firm’s approach is highly collaborative, and its interdisciplinary team is engaged in a wide range of international projects, with creative studios based across the globe.