Chancery of the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations 63
New York, New York, USA
Home to Singapore’s diplomatic mission to
Organized as a series of buffer zones
the United Nations, the new chancery for
between the street and the building’s interior,
the government of Singapore is a secure
the architectural expression features
embassy building that conveys a sense of
glass detailing that seamlessly complements
openness and transparency.
the design intent.
The design weaves together the national ideals
The transparency of the street-facing
of Singapore with a reinterpretation of the
elevation bends in a ﬂ uid form to reﬂect a
country’s vernacular architecture, integrating
diminishing zone of protection by section.
light, texture and shadow to illuminate the solid volumes of New York. Five vertical
A translucent frit pattern applied to the
elements on the southern facade represent
glass supports privacy at the building’s
ﬁve ideals of the rising nation: democracy,
lower levels and becomes progressively less
peace, progress, justice and equality.
dense as it climbs the facade. Providing a visual reference to the culture of Singapore,
Reﬂecting the dualistic nature of an embassy
this detailing is an abstraction of traditional
structure, the design establishes a
wooden lattice screen elements integral to the
welcoming identity within New York City
country's architectural heritage.
while addressing the inherent security issues related to the building’s location within the tight conﬁnes of Manhattan.
◄ front entrance
2015 design annual
35,600 sq. ft. / 3,300 sq. m.