High Life: UNStudio uses an inventive design for a luxe tower in Singapore
Architects & Firms
Architect Ben van Berkel of Amsterdam-based firm UNStudio used a unique pinwheel plan to design the Ardmore Residence, creating a new architectural icon in Singapore.
To take advantage of the tropical climate Van Berkel merged indoor and outdoor areas, creating seamless transitions between them. Each unit features outdoor showers off the master bedroom, large glazed areas, and double-height balconies for natural ventilation, plenty of sunlight, and vast panoramas of Singapore.
Towering nearly 500 feet, the building stands eight stories off the ground on slender concrete columns, and hovers above a subterranean parking garage and the main entrance.
The building’s bold contoured surface is made of white prefabricated concrete. Van Berkel used the external features of the 58 apartments to create the façade’s stacked pattern resembling the vertebrae of a glamorous spinal column. This stratified pattern of balconies and rounded bay windows repeats itself every four floors.
The Ardmore joins a crowd of high-end high-rises (including two by Jean Nouvel) in Singapore’s Orchard Road luxury enclave. Shared amenities include a lap swimming pool with an adjoining Jacuzzi, cabanas, a barbeque deck, sculpture gardens, (a pumpkin sculpture by Yayoi Kusama rests near the entry), and a gymnasium.
Client: Pontiac Land Group
Local Executive Architect:
Mechanical & Electrical Consulting Engineers: J Roger Preston, Singapore
Fa'ade: Ove Arup, Singapore
Contractors: Shimizu Corporation
Interior design show suite (level 33) & clubhouse: Terry Hunziger
Entrance artwork: Yayoi Kusama
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