point92: concept statement

Point 92 is a new iconic office landmark which brings forward ideas that challenges the norm of today’s work environment. The project name derives from the area of which it sits on that spans 0.92 acres, hence the name Point 92. The design of the building attempts to generate an intimate workplace as well as an interactive building. The building’s vertical layers consist of an 11 storey office block, a 2 storey arrival hall and a 6.5 storey carpark podium.

The shape of the office block is envisioned as a white concrete cube carved by incising it to create a recess breakout area void space and the chamfered edges on 2 corners. The breakout area void that spans from level 5 to level 12 is accessible on the level 5 and 7 where a landscape deck is created as part of the idea to bring landscape up to the office workplace. This landscape in the sky concept attempts to soften the office spaces to promote a more conducive working environment and in the meantime creating an interactive space that encourages interaction between work peers. This exclusive shape of the office block generates unique floor footprints that changes on each office level apart from its middle core that houses the building services and lift cores.

At the carpark podium, a screen of green creepers encloses the structure on its perimeter, creating a mass of green which the gleaming white office block hovers above. The creeper screen not only filters sight into the carpark spaces within, but also blends the podium with its surrounding environment as the building ages. The permeable enclosure of the structure also allows the space to be natural ventilated.

A transitional zone at level 1 and 2, later renamed to level G(Ground) and L(Lobby), separates the office block from the carpark podium. The 2 storey space houses the main arrival hall that connects to PJU 8/8A road at Ground level. The arrival hall, mainly enclosed by clear glass generates a floating effect of the office block hovering atop a mass of green.

Visitors arriving from PJU 8/8A road at Level G drop off will be greeted immediately by a sculptural staircase that leads up to the main reception lobby level. The shape of the staircase that intertwines with the landscape planter creates pockets of space which are conducive for casual meetings between work peers. This landscape planter tray that continues up to the main reception lobby level, embraces the main lobby hall with trees at an average height of 3-4m. This average height of the trees is proportionate to the generous ceiling height in the reception lobby that varies from 5.7m to 7.6m high. At the planter tray, carefully selected vantage points that overlooks to the hilly landscape afar are remained uninterrupted by trees. Towards the western side of the building sits the café/restaurant space with an external terrace that extends out into the ‘mini forest’ landscaping. The thick planting on the arrival hall levels helps in regulating and controlling the indoor temperature and comfort level by acting as a sun screen through various part of the day.

The building has 2 lift cores with one leading up to the office block while the other serving only the carpark floors below. The transitional floor between the lift cores happen at level 2 where the reception lobby is located. This limits the public entry point into the office block to only one, easing the building security control.

The unique pattern on the office block façade is derived from the Braille code system. A set of pattern composed mainly of 6 different shapes arranged in an order that spells the project name is repeated throughout the façade, generating unique façade openings that vary from floor to floor. F1 metal formworks are specified for the casting of the white concrete to ensure consistency in the opening shape as well as the finished surfaces. These openings are fitted with low-E double glazing which helps to regulate the building indoor temperature and comfort level while minimizing energy consumption of the building.

The chamfered walls on the north-east and south-west corners are constructed in normal grey concrete with horizontal rough-sawn timber plank imprint patterns. These patterns on the wall create the effect of the building block being sliced at 2 corners to reveal its internal layers. Openings on these walls are covered with fixed glass with an angled window hood to shield the building indoor from direct sunlight.

To add a soft touch to a mostly heavy masonry material palette, marine plywood is used to clad the underside of the office block as well as the breakout area walls. The marine plywood which is generally used in boat building is selected for its durability against the local hot and humid weather. Marine plywood panels are also added to building elements that are within human touch such as the RC benches on level 2, level 5 and 7 breakout area as well as the reception table.

Green Building Index (GBI)

‘Green’ strategies are implemented in the building design to create a more environmental friendly and sustainable office building and workplace. Systems such as the condensate water recovery system, waterless urinals, water efficient fittings, rainwater harvesting for irrigation purposes as well as the low-E double glazing as mentioned above are all included into the design scheme. This building has been awarded with the provisional GBI certificate.