DUO Twin Towers
DUO(双景坊)由马来西亚和新加坡政府联合开发，极富历史意义。建筑也象征着两国之间的共生关系，并对周边城市和区域产生积极深远的影响。DUO的两座塔楼主要包含了以下功能—— 一座为660套的商业公寓，另一座为办公楼和Andaz五星 级酒店。塔楼与地面相接之间，建筑的功能逐渐模糊，变成一个开放的通透公共空间。在这里，露天或有顶棚的人行道及花园穿插于塔楼之下，一个充满活力的商业区就这样在塔楼周围编织开来。
In this historic joint venture development between the governments of Malaysia and Singapore, architecture comes to symbolize the symbiotic relationship between two countries and the positive effect on a larger urban, as well as regional context. While DUO’s two towers contain the main functional elements – one tower accommodates 660 residences and the other corporate offices and a five-star hotel operated by Andaz – the structures dematerialize as they reachthe ground, opening out into a porous public landscape. Here, vibrant commercial spaces weave around the footprint of the towers through a sequence of gardens and walkways that pass in and out of the towers hovering above.
The plaza is open to the public 24 hours a day and celebrates the lush tropical vegetation that grows across Singapore. This parkland mixes a series of gardens and landscaped leisure zones which are linked to the rest of the city through multiple connections above and below ground. The development is further served by multiple transport hubs and integrates direct access to the Bugis metro station. Vehicles reach the towers by a series of dedicated ramps, allowing the plaza to serve as a fully pedestrianized space.
The public ground floor is entirely passively cooled to create a comfortable and friendly public space that can be left open and accessible around the clock without concern for the energy consumption of air conditioning. The result is a series of microclimates throughout the development that foster a restful, oasis-like environment. Stretched across the skin of the DUO towers is an intricate honeycomb texture that not only hints at the hive-likeactivity of the surroundings, but also serves as a functional element in the building’s environmental strategy.
Ole Scheeren designed the DUO towers through a process of subtraction. Circular spaces are carved from the building’s mass to establish and articulate precise urban relationships. The two towers are not merely an addition of independent objects, but perform as a space-generator. These spaces integrate the neighboring buildings, while creating a vibrant and diverse landscape of public exploration through the whole district. A series of vertical offsets and cantilevers further articulate the towers’ silhouette and generate a series of elevated public spaces.
The honeycomb comprises a series of hexagonal sunshades that help protect the towers from the heat andglare of the sun, without interrupting the views out over Singapore’s gardens, oceans and skyline. The grid alsoprovides texture to the smooth, concave curves of the towers, as well as accentuating the dramatic cantilevers and setbacks that form the physical body of DUO. The slender edges of each building are marked by a series ofthin, vertical lines, designed to emphasize the elegance and refined expression of the towers.
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