Pinnacles of Perfection
Urban Suites – Eco-friendly living at the heart of urbanisation
Issue: Apr 2010
The three towers of Urban Suites rising like beacons of light in the midst of the cityscape of Singapore.
There was a buzz in the property market in Singapore. Since Urban Suites was launched in end December 2009, international and local homebuyers and sophisticated investors have snapped up 90% of the 165-unit development. These buyers are from countries including Singapore, China, Canada, Australia and Indonesia.
Creating a Green Zone for a Cooling Effect
Intimate roof terrace and spa pool.
Urban Suites is a 165-unit development made up of two 20-storey towers and one 17-storey tower spanning an 8,665-square metre freehold site. Featuring duplex and triplex penthouses and two, three and four-bedroom apartments, the exclusive suites sit in the midst of Singapore’s über trendy shopping strip, Orchard Road. It is also within close proximity to many international and reputable local schools, and easily accessible by both roads and public transport.
But what makes this premiere property stand out is the fact that it was designed with a reverence for its surroundings. The architects from Kerry Hill Architects took into consideration the fact that the apartments were framed both by high-rise buildings as well as beautifully conserved shop houses, and designed the structures to afford a panoramic view of the city while creating intimate but open, communal garden spaces resulting in a healthy spatial relationship with its immediate neighbours.
Great care has been taken to ensure that the original trees and dense vegetation around the site are conserved. A mature Pong Pong tree was given a full-crown transplant and now sits near the entrance with a new lease of life. Urban Suites’ lush landscape has created a tranquil oasis for its residents amidst the bustle of the surrounding city life.
Extensive thought and planning were invested in the greening of the landscape. There is a Caesalpinia grove and the Outdoor Fitness Corner is shaded by trees. The reflecting pool and basement courtyard are surrounded by Bamboo. At the podium, there is a fern garden and, as a tribute to urban farming, there is even a herb and spice garden.
All these not only enhance the aesthetics of the development, they also contribute to cooling the entire estate.
Designs that Maximise Nature Gifts
The architecture of the residential towers also aids the cooling effect. The buildings are enveloped by an outer framework that functions as a sun-shade. This intricate “second skin” also visually extends the internal spaces and creates a gentle transition between the exterior and the interior. Being a highly-urbanised location, the “second skin” also enhances privacy while affording views out.
Large balconies allow maximum use of daylight and access to natural winds, while providing a spectacular view of the city’s skyline.
The apartments are laid out to capitalise on natural ventilation and daylight as an energy-saving measure. The towers are angled to minimize walls directly facing West. The units are, therefore, sheltered from the harshest glare of the sun, allowing residents to enjoy sitting at the veranda at anytime of the day.
Stairs and common lobbies are naturally ventilated and the towers are deliberately elevated from the ground to provide continuous landscape and favourable microclimate.
Cooler buildings mean less money spent on air-conditioning but the developer has added more features to ensure even greater cost-savings. Motion sensors with LED lights have been installed in various common areas, energy-efficient water heaters have been fitted and inverter air-conditioners with minimum two National Environment Agency (NEA) green label ticks are used to reduce energy consumption.
The 50-metre lap pool that merges seamlessly with the sloping lawn and landscape beyond.
The axis of Urban Suites is its long body of water comprising a 50-metre lap pool, a jacuzzi pool, a children’s pool and a lily pond. Steps have been taken to minimise the residents’ expenses to upkeep the place. To monitor and improve water efficiency, the balancing tanks of the pools are equipped with sub-meters as are the landscape irrigation and common area toilets. The property even has its own rain water storage tank for irrigation with enough capacity for two days’ of use.
In a world where the green message isn’t spread as widely and shared as loudly as it should, Urban Suites is a welcomed nod towards the need to leave the generations to come an Earth worth inheriting. For more information, contact us at:
(65) 6826 6800 or e-mail email@example.com
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