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EDEN tower in Singapore by Heatherwick Studio

Project name:
EDEN Singapore
Architecture firm:
Heatherwick Studio
Location:
Singapore
Photography:
Hufton+Crow, Andrew Tan
Principal architect:
Thomas Heatherwick
Built area:
33425 ft²
Site area:
N/A
Design year:
2019
Completion year:
2020
Interior design:
Heatherwick Studio
Collaborators:
RSP Architects, Planners & Engineers, Ensemble,
Landscape:
COEN Design International
Environmental & MEP engineering:
Squire Mec
Structural engineer:
RSP Structures
Contractor:
Unison
Typology:
Residential, Apartments
Status:
Completed

Heatherwick Studio completed EDEN tower a new residential project located in Singapore’s prime Ardmore/Draycott area in prestigious District 10. 

Located in the historic Orchard Road Neighbourhood of Singapore and commissioned by Swire Properties, the 104.5 metre building - the first residential project in Asia by the studio - offers a unique response to its location that entwines nature with city apartment living.

Video by Andrew Tan/luxplush

‘EDEN’ is designed to resemble a spine blade: simple vertical rectilinear plains with slim windows form the blade with generous garden balconies situated in between. This approach grants privacy for each of the twenty apartments and allows for a generous central living space that forms the heart of each residence. The unconventional concrete walls are moulded with a topographical map of Singapore’s terrain which has been abstracted to create a unique three-dimensional texture.

green terraces image © Andrew Tan/luxplush

The focus on creating a garden for each apartment is a response to the disconnection between high rise apartments and the lush greenery at street level in Singapore. Responding to Lee Kuan Yew’s original vision of Singapore as a ‘city in a garden’, the design extends the landscape of Singapore upwards through the building with a series of hanging gardens, connecting the interior living space with the outdoors, providing views of Singapore’s green landscape.

aerial view of the apartment building with green terraces from aboveimage © Andrew Tan/luxplush

“Like most global cities, Singapore’s skyline is filled with angular steel and glass towers. With Swire Properties we wanted to create something distinctive that represents Singapore as a city in a garden, and recreate the verdant backyard access once ubiquitous across homes here. Instead of glass-clad edifices with token balconies, each home within ‘EDEN’ will have a lush garden right at the doorstep with organic and generous living spaces achieved by breaking up the traditional boxy floorplate,” Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, commented.

residential building with green vegetations at balconies image © Andrew Tan/luxplush

Adrian To, Director of Residential at Swire Properties said “We are delighted to unveil our maiden development in Singapore in such a fantastic location, and to partner with internationally acclaimed designer Thomas Heatherwick, to set a new benchmark for luxury residences in Singapore.”

image © Andrew Tan/luxplush

The studio’s first project in Singapore, the Learning Hub (now known as The Hive) at Nanyang Technological University, opened in February 2015. In addition to the residential project for Swire Properties, the studio is also currently working on a new terminal for Singapore’s Changi Airport with KPF.

image © Hufton+Crow

image © Hufton+Crow

building surrounded with green vegetationimage © Hufton+Crow

image © Hufton+Crow

image © Hufton+Crow

image © Hufton+Crow

image © Hufton+Crow

living roomimage © Hufton+Crow

bathroom image © Hufton+Crow

image © Swire Properties

image © Swire Properties

image © Swire Properties


By Naser N. Ibrahim

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