3Com Corporation’s Asia Pacific Rim Headquarters is a 4-story manufacturing and Research & Development facility. STUDIOS designed the building;Elton-Roade Architects in Singapore was the architect of record.
The building is located near Changi Airport, and the west elevation borders on the expressway leading from the airport to the city. The cloud-like articulation of the roof line contributes to the landscape along the expressway and establishes 3Com as a landmark in Singapore. The building consists of four parts: the manufacturing building, the office wing, the Phase II expansion area and the cafeteria. One enters the building from a bridge across a landscaped pond in front of the building, which serves the dual functions of responding to feng shui requirements and providing perceived coolness in a hot climate. In the tradition of Asian courtyard buildings and in response to the tropical climate, the cafeteria, which is the heart of the project, is nestled between the two office wings and the manufacturing building. Its overlapping high roof forms and visually open walls are a modern interpretation of traditional tropical architecture.