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First look at UN Studio's newly opened Singapore skyscraper

Amsterdam-based UN Studio has completed a 135m-tall residential tower close to the Orchard Road shopping district of Singapore

The tower’s residential levels, which begin on the eighth storey of the building, are supported on concrete columns above a landscaped garden and shared amenity facilities.

Each of the 58 four-bedroom apartments features a double-height balcony, an outdoor shower and large bay windows to take advantage of the ‘panoramic’ views across the city.

The ‘organic’ white prefabriated concrete facade repeats itself every four stories.

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Architect’s view

Ben van Berkel, principal architect, UN Studio

The highly textural façade of the Ardmore Residence works in unison with the organisation of the individual apartments, affording both extensive daylight to the unique residential spaces and panoramic views over the city of Singapore.

The façade further generates a unique reading of the building in the neighborhood, with its layered contours extending the appearance beyond four façades and providing a variety of profiles and perspectives.

Project data

Client Pontiac Land Group
Local executive architect Architects 61
Construction management Pontiac Land Group
Structural engineer Web Structures
Mechanical & electrical consulting engineers J Roger Preston
Façade Ove Arup
Design year 2006
Construction year 2009-2013
Completion date September 2013
Contractors Shimizu Corporation
Interior design Terry Hunziker
Entrance artwork Yayoi Kusama
Site Dimensions 5,595 m²
Building Height approx. 135.7m
Gross floor area 17,178 m²

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