Our project is inspired by the origin of the site as Wing Tai's garment factory.The architecture embodies the qualities of softness and layering.The groundscape flows vertically upwards in a facade made up of fine filaments to form towers of trees and sky gardens.The landscape and the architecture are therefore abstractions of the act of weaving to form a tapestry of forms,colours and textures that gives the architecture a conceptual connection back to the origin of the site as a garment factory.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Tembusu is a residential condominium in Singapore that comes with unique architectural and landscape features. One of its features is that the delicate threads of nature around the columns interweave with the architecture to create an organic, living facade, bringing the landscape closer to the residential units. It also create an impression that the landscape drapes over two sky links, creating an even more intimate experience with nature.
The development also complete with interesting water feature that captures and retains the rainwater, which gives rise to meandering streams within the lush landscape.
The Tembusu promises a bouquet of luxurious facilities throughout the development, which includes various sizes of pools, thematic pavilions and private clubhouse.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The sky links at various levels increases the connectivity to the other blocks, which promotes social interaction among residents. The sky pods at the sky gardens, as well as at the herb garden on the 18th storey are other intimate spaces to provide residents with opportunities to communicate, while at the same time offering beautiful high-level views. Not only that, the 1st storey is also completed with other amenities, surrounded by lush landscape to bring nature even closer to the residents.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in year 2012 and completed in year 2016. The location of the project is in Hougang, Singapore.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The vertical green elements throughout the levels help to soften the overall facade of the building, while also acting as buffer zones to blur out the public and private boundaries. In addition, the irregular shape of the swimming pool was introduced to enhance swimming experience.
The sky terraces use precast concrete slabs to minimize construction tolerance. Also, the process of a self-climbing jumpform allowed an effective and precise adjustment of the formwork in all planes.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
There are a total of 337 units that are housed in five 18-storey blocks, interconnected as 3 superblocks. Some of the facilities include a 50m swimming pool, pavilions and a tennis court. The Tembusu also houses 6 different unit types, ranging from 1-bedroom to 4-bedroom units, including 3 different types of penthouses.
Total GFA: 30374.88 sqm
Site Area: 13149.30 sqm
Gross Plot Ratio: 2.10
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The design concept was generated from the history of the site, using garments and the technique of weaving to come up with the overall texture of the building. Extensive landscape from the first storey flows vertically upwards to form vertical forests and sky gardens. Therefore, the landscape and architecture displayed here are abstractions of the act of weaving to create a tapestry of forms, colours, and textures that allows the architecture to connect back to the origin of the site.
The 50m steel columns are divided into 4 segments. They are manufactured and hoisted over to site before being welded and joint together.
The sky terraces were prefabricated to individual units before installation to a column joint to create a seamless profile using in situ casting.
All members of the roof crown were carefully scripted and unique on its own. These prefabricated members are then assembled and installed manually with constant checks on the horizontality of its form and shape.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Peng Beng Khoo and Wan Jing Belinda Agnes Huang
All images must be credited to "Wing Tai Holdings Limited".