5 Science Park Drive, Cluster 1,  Singapore


5 Science Park Drive is the latest building in Singapore’s Science Park, Asia’s leading R&D and technology location done in collaboration with Serie Architects, London. Officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, 5SPD re-works the model for a technology building to reflect the needs of emerging e-commerce and research organisations.  This flagship building will form the basis of the re-development of Science Park Cluster 1.

The Science Park model of the 1990s, with buildings isolated from one another by under-utilized landscape is no longer adequate for today’s workspaces that are more social in nature. The first of more than five buildings in the cluster, 5SPD is designed to ensure that common spaces are visible, accessible and nourished with amenities. The building features a three-storey extended lobby or ‘city room’ that incorporates a series of cascading platforms incorporating a café, break-out spaces and a small auditorium.  This space is focused on collaboration, discussion and networking.

The floor plans are designed to maximise flexibility.  A typical floorplate has over 4,000sqm in open plan space and column-free spans of 20 metres.  Centralized circulation with highly efficient double-loaded corridors allows the building to be configured for single or multi-tenant use.

The façade features high performance glazing set into an alternating ‘accordion’ design that is animated at night with a re-programmable LED light system.  The design combines vision and spandrel glazing to maximise views while mitigating solar gain.

The adjacent car park has been covered with extensive landscaping and amenities including exercise pavilions.  This will eventually form a shared park for a cluster of six massive new technology buildings.

The building has been fully leased to e-commerce start-up Shopee and houses 3,000 staff across the 26,000sqm of space.


IES Illumination Award 2020 – Merit
Interior Lighting Design

IES Illumination Award 2020 – Merit
Outdoor Lighting Design

BCA Greenmark Award 2018 – Platinum 
New non-residential building


Building Type: Masterplan, Office
Location: 5 Science Park Drive, Singapore
Site Area: 23243 sqm 
Gross Floor Area: 25654 sqm 
Status: Completed 2020
Design Architect: Serie & Multiply Architects
Project Architect: Multiply Architects
Photography: Finbarr Fallon