Winning design for new Subordinate Courts Complex selected

The winning design for the new Subordinate Courts Complex has been selected, after a competition was called last September.

Multiply Architects & Engineers LLP has been awarded the assignment, and will work with CPG Corporation to implement the submitted design for a fee of S$3 million (including winning the first prize of S$100,000).

The other shortlisted design for Stage 2 of the Open Design Competition came from Laud Architects, which was awarded the second prize.

In a statement released on Tuesday morning, the Subordinate Courts said the winning design by Multiply “reflects a civic building that brings order and restoration befitting of a courthouse”.

At the same time, the design links itself to the adjacent historic Chinatown by adopting the colours of the clay pitched roofs of the conserved shop houses of the Chinatown area, by cladding the exterior of the courtrooms in terracotta tiles.

The design also features strategies for creating an eco-friendly building such as using high-rise gardens to filter the afternoon sun, naturally-ventilated corridors and bringing daylight into the interaction areas.

The two firms that made it to the final stage of the competition were shortlisted from the 19 designs received in Stage One of the competition launched last year on September 15. The two shortlisted firms then submitted concept/schematic designs for the project.

A public viewing was held between March 26-31 to invite views on the two shortlisted designs.

Construction work on the new Subordinate Courts Complex is expected to start next year.

Source : CNA – 2012 Jun 6

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