The curving Duo towers in Singapore mark the next installment in Ole Scheeren’s design adventures in Asia
Beijing-based German architect Ole Scheeren doesn’t do things by halves. No common or garden, nondescript projects will do for him. From the award-winning floating Archipelago Cinema (a cinema literally out at sea, done in collaboration with the Film On the Rocks Ya Noi Foundation) to the show-stopping CCTV Headquarters building in Beijing, Scheeren and his team revel in high-profile challenges.
Despite being based in China’s capital, he’s been busy in southeast Asia as well, helming projects such as the MahaNakhon in Bangkok and the Angkasa Raya in Kuala Lumpur. Most recently, he revealed the design of the Duo, a new mixed-use project developed by a partnership between Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings.
Located along Ophir-Rochor and Beach Road, Duo is directly sandwiched between Singapore’s historical Kampong Glam area and the more public, retail-oriented Bugis area. “It’s a site with a very heterogeneous environment and it’s strongly embedded in Singapore’s urbanity. There are tall towers, low-rises and green areas, which is really the mix that Singapore is made of,” says Scheeren.