Soo K. Chan on Five One Five

We sought to create a certain fluidity and movement at Five One Five. On the façade, successive rows of overlapping curved glass fins create an undulating, dynamic surface, recalling the movement of the city and serving as an architectural register to the changing seasons, much like the shifting, lush landscapes of the High Line. At its peak, the building culminates in a sharp, up-lit, mesh-clad crown, floating above generous outdoor terraces with the perfect vantage point from which to observe the city below.

The interior of Five One Five juxtaposes modern living with the neighborhood's deep urban and industrial roots. Concrete panels in the lobby serve as an urbane transition into well-appointed residences, where a minimal aesthetic combines with a textured material palette; taking one from warm, textured woods to smooth, calm stone.


About The Architect


Soo K. Chan is the founding principal and design director of SCDA, a design studio seamlessly integrating architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and product design to create holistic spatial experiences.

SCDA has offices in Singapore, Shanghai and New York. The firm has designed in over 70 locations across Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania and North America.

Soo was the recipient of three Royal Institute of British Architects International prizes, the President’s Design Award, the SIA-Getz Prize for Emerging Architecture, and nine Chicago Athenaeum awards. SCDA and its projects have been published in international journals and periodicals, and were presented at the Venice Biennale.

Soo Chan obtained his Master of Architecture degree at Yale. In addition to his design practice, Soo is a Professor of Architecture at the National University of Singapore and has taught and lectured at several international architecture schools.



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