In meeting the changing needs of production space, with each phase of industrialization, the architecture of the production facility is designed for future adaptation with new technology.
One idea is that of a megaframe as a structural entity which can be developed in a transverse or longitudinal plane or as an airborne structure. This land intensification strategy has added advantages of providing new opportunities for mixed used developments with the introduction of new urban linkages to existing buildings. The increase in connectivity improves the viability of new proposals built over old buildings and allows the addition of new shaded sky terraces at interfacing zones above the road level.
The effect of the new buildings in reducing overall solar gains to the site and in enhancing wind tunnel is one consideration in shaping juxtapositions between old and new.
Design investigations generated supporting strategies and solutions to Air Rights structure over Ayer Rajah Crescent Site.
In determining support and builder’s staging locations for the new structure, available zones adjacent to existing building were identified to establish possible spanning directions of the bridge building(s). In this respect the smallest possible area of core footprints and their numbers were also governed by fire safety requirements with possible linkages to the rooftops of existing buildings.
Spanning directions were also determined by the usability of new overhead building blocks enclosing new outdoor courtyards and rooftop gardens as landscaped elements and providers of shade, daylight and natural ventilation to the site. The support locations to interior spaces was determined by a range of tenancy requirements of knowledge industries accommodated in the One North masterplan.