Designed in Dialogue with the Streetscape
Wisma Atria
435 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238877

First designed by DPA in 1986 with additions and alterations in 2004 and 2012 as ownership of the mall changed, Wisma Atria is testimony to the ever-shifting patterns of human movement.

The 2012 transformation of Wisma Atria was designed to further augment street visibility and respond to patterns of human movement through the site. Its crystalline form was built around and re-used the existing frame. Performing as a dynamic envelope, it was designed to extend 7.5 metres from the original 1986 structure – a further 3 metres beyond the 2004 blue frame, which was articulated to establish a stronger presence for this composition. The matte aluminium finish for the cladding of structure and mechanical systems enhanced the façade; making it visually striking while increasing shopfront visibility.

Wisma Atria’s plan also underwent significant alterations to engage the site’s high-frequency circulation afforded by the adjacent MRT station. The main entrance was realigned to be centred with the interior circulation, and a uniform podium linking promenade space with the mall was established. New ramps and external steps were designed to channel pedestrians arriving from the MRT station and flanking malls directly into Wisma Atria’s retail spaces.

By weaving public street space with private retail space, the spatial quality is enriched to help Wisma Atria maintain a strong customer draw. It is the first project on Orchard Road to take advantage of a 2009 code amendment permitting increased articulation to encourage street engagement.
— Angelene Chan, chairman of DPA

Design team

DP Architects