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Star Performing Arts Centre

Digital structural design makes the improbably possible

The Star Performing Arts Centre is built over the Star Vista, a naturally cooled shopping mall in Singapore’s new commercial district. It is one of Singapore’s largest performance venues, with a 5,000-seat auditorium for concerts and other cultural events, a 770 m2 multipurpose hall for banquets and meetings, a 300-seat outdoor amphitheatre and a rooftop garden.

We provided detailed civil and structural design services and construction supervision for the entire project, in addition to preliminary and concept structural design services in association with Thornton Tomasetti.

The design of the Star Performing Arts Centre posed a number of structural design and construction challenges. Chief among these was the use of inclined slender columns spanning from the basement level to the main auditorium on level six. To ensure structural integrity, several horizontal steel tieback beams had to be added to each column.

In order to ensure an unobstructed column-free view for the auditorium audience, meanwhile, we designed a 70m-wide steel acoustic roof truss. This had to be assembled in sections, with each hoisted above the structure and attached in place. Likewise, the steel truss pedestrian bridge that connects the north-east and south-east sections of the building had to be completely assembled on the ground and lifted into place with hoisting hooks to the centre’s ninth level.

We also provided building information modelling services for the theatre complex. Structure BIM was used to work out the theatre geometry and facade modulation. The Revit model was also used to study the sightlines for the auditorium.

Client Rock Productions in partnership with Capitaland Retail
Architect Aedas
Completed in 2012
Our Services Civil and structural engineering, geotechnical, structure BIM and construction supervision