Carpenter Street is a commercial by-way located within a historic district near the Singapore River, flanked by commercial shophouse buildings, some of which date back to the 1940s. The proposal is a new 5-storey office building occupying an infill lot at approximately the halfway point of the entire street block.
Over the years, buildings have been demolished and new ones erected. In order that we do not add to the discordant mixture of fenestration designs to the street block, the façade of 33 Carpenter Street was designed to quietly appear as a plane of granite floating adjacent to a fine screen. With no apparent fenestration, the building seems to de-materialise and the resulting austerity of its appearance served to distinguish it from its neighbourhood.