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OMA designs Residential Tower in Singapore
Far East Organization, Singapore’s largest private development company, has commissioned the Office for Metropolitan Architecture for OMA’s first architectural project in Singapore – a 36-storey residential high-rise. The 153 meter tall tower will be located at the intersection of Scotts Road and Cairnhill Road, in close proximity to Orchard Road, Singapore’s famous shopping and lifestyle street. With 20,000m² of built floor area, the building will provide 68 high-end apartment units with panoramic views. The design strategically maneuvers within the highly regulated building environment to maximize the full potential of the site: Four individual apartment towers are vertically offset from one another and suspended from a central core. The skyline of floating towers directly relates to the surrounding building volumes and explores the most attractive views towards the city center and an extensive green zone to the north. The lifted apartment towers reduce the building’s footprint to a minimum; the liberated ground level provides communal leisure activities embedded in the tropical landscape. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to create an outstanding project in partnership with OMA. The design reflects the new vibrancy and vitality of Orchard Road and Singapore. OMA with its extensive international experience will certainly bring a new perspective to luxury urban living and add to the cosmopolitan flavor of our development,” says Far East Organization Chief Operating Officer, Property Sales, Chia Boon Kuah. “The collaboration with the Far East Organization is an exciting opportunity to further engage Asia,” says Ole Scheeren, Partner of OMA. "The design vertically redistributes the floor area in four alternating towers to create a skyscraper in which architectural and urbanistic concerns merge with mechanisms that create added value. The architecture, in this sense, goes beyond form and generates symbiotic qualities”.
Source: World Architecture News

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28 Mar 07



Low-key Cairnhill Road is getting an architectural shot in the arm in the form of a futuristic condominium development featuring four apartment towers suspended from a central core.

It is being designed for Far East Organization by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, a firm founded by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

The condo at the junction of Scotts and Cairnhill roads will be 36 storeys high and has 68 posh apartments. It is expected to be launched towards the end of the year.
 

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yuks.... this building is just not my taste... but unique for sure

hey, isn't it bad feng shui to have buildings with hanging parts (bottom does not touch the ground)?? :lol:
 

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hey, isn't it bad feng shui to have buildings with hanging parts (bottom does not touch the ground)?? :lol:
Someone mentioned that in the Singapore forum.

My initial impression was that it looked unnatural and I didnt quite like it. To me it looks like its trying to make a statement and thats all. But perhaps theres more to it than just its external appearance that may become endearing.
 

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Someone mentioned that in the Singapore forum.

My initial impression was that it looked unnatural and I didnt quite like it. To me it looks like its trying to make a statement and thats all. But perhaps theres more to it than just its external appearance that may become endearing.
yeah, true... let's hope it turns out better then the rendering. you know..sometimes it does :yes:

the building may look weird by itself but it will be ok in the skyline, since the top part is quite ok;)
 

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Someone mentioned that in the Singapore forum.

My initial impression was that it looked unnatural and I didnt quite like it. To me it looks like its trying to make a statement and thats all. But perhaps theres more to it than just its external appearance that may become endearing.
"Unnatural" is a funny word for a concrete and glass skyscraper - if anything this one looks more like a tree than most skyscrapers.
 

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"Unnatural" is a funny word for a concrete and glass skyscraper - if anything this one looks more like a tree than most skyscrapers.
True, but I think the term "unnatural" is used as being inconsistent with how most people would usually expect to see skyscrapers built (main structures fixed straight to the ground level). Instead this building has four individual towers suspended from a central core! It's a pretty bold design...

What looks cool is that the core seems to be cladded in reflective material. It will look like the towers are floating by themselves.
 
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