Amber Skye Medium Rise Residential by Mercurio Design Lab S.r.l

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Amber Skye

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Medium Rise Residential

INSPIRATION:
The close vicinity of the seashore provided the best of all possible sources of inspiration: the sea and its endless waves in motion. The dynamic force of the oceanic water and all the exciting activities that revolve around it, is a very intriguing theme to render into an architectural expression. The design moved forward on two core premises: the movement of the waves and the atmosphere of the seashore resort, offering the owners a feel of being sheltered in an oasis within the urban chaos.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Amber Skye is a multi-residential development on the East Coast of Singapore, not far from the sea and the green recreational corridor which flanks the highway to Changi International Airport.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The sense of individuality and privacy is created by the fact that each unit has its own private lift lobby. The first four floors of the complex stepped out of the façade in a terracing effect to give the building façade even more character. This allows for a series of villa like units with a generous floor plate, private carpark, large private garden and private swimming pool. Interactions between residents are encouraged by the design, which supports the idea of a resort complex as well as the idea of a community rather than a collection of isolated units. Sky terrace with its open dining experience and pool side barbecue facilities provide opportunities for socialising.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project construction started in February 2014 and completed in April 2017. This multi-residential development is located on the east coast of Singapore, not far from the sea and the green recreational corridor that flanks the highway to Singapore Changi international airport. From the siting of the building, natural light and generous outlooks for every apartment, together with views to the eastern and western views of the city, and the low-rise estates of Kallang, to the planning of the individual units, great emphasis was placed on efficient arrangement and what the architects refer to as user-friendly experience.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
From the siting of the building, natural light and generous outlooks for every apartment, together with views to the east, and western views of the city and the low-rise estates of Kallang, to the planning of the individual units, great emphasis was placed on efficient arrangement and what the architects refer to as user-friendly experience. The challenge with Amber Skye is, how to create a massing which was dynamic and not too monolithic. The solution began with placing three units on either side of a central service corridor. Each unit is basically orthogonal, but the corners are all rounded, a curvilinear character which is fully expressed on the façade of the building where the balconies form a wave pattern to pick up on the seaside location. The balconies are also zig-zagged to amplify the dynamic form of the building’s outer form. This formal inventiveness creates the illusion that each apartment is somehow autonomous and that each stack of apartments forms a separate tower, thus further breaking down the overall mass of the building. In addition to this Trompe L’oeil effect, however, the waved form of the façade also generates additional natural light and ventilation.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The site area is 3781.90 sqm Permissible plot ratio is 3.55 Gross Floor Area is 13434.10 sqm Building coverage is 25.69%

TAGS:
Amber Skye, Condominium, Freehold, Singapore, East Coast, Seaside living

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The research objective was to create a massing which was dynamic and not too monolithic. We wanted each apartment to have its own natural light and generous outlooks for every apartment. Together with views to the east, where the sea is, western views of the city and to the planning of the individual units, great emphasis was placed on efficient arrangement and what the architects refer to as user-friendly experience.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge in all multi-residential design is how to minimise the sense of uniformity, animate the façade of the building and give some sense of individuality to the units. With Amber Skye, therefore, the challenge was how to create a massing which was dynamic and not too monolithic. The solution began with placing three units on either side of a central service corridor. Each unit is basically orthogonal, but the corners are all rounded, a curvilinear character which is fully expressed on the façade of the building where the balconies form a wave pattern to pick up on the seaside location. The balconies are also zig-zagged to amplify the dynamic form of the building’s outer form. This formal inventiveness also creates the illusion that each apartment is somehow autonomous and that each stack of apartments forms a separate tower, thus further breaking down the overall mass of the building. In addition to this trompe l’oeil effect, however, the waved form of the façade also generates additional natural light and ventilation. These strategies support the over-arching design intent which is to give the complex the character of a seaside resort ─ which itself was inspired by the close proximity to the ocean, conjuring up a sense of the endless rhythms of the sea and the ceaseless human activity which takes place in and around it. This begins at the ground floor where the entry is positioned as a semi-basement, allowing more space for the first floor villa units and common amenities which include a large curvaceous swimming pool, gym, playgrounds, the aqua lounge and lush landscaping which takes its cue from the wavy boundary wall to reflect the idea of a tropical seaside resort. The combined effect of these amenities and the landscaping is to create a completed relaxed retreat from the hectic Singapore city centre less than fifteen minutes drive away.

ADDED DATE:
2017-09-21 09:44:13

TEAM MEMBERS (6) :
Massimo Mercurio, Kimberly Liu, Sujanti Pranoto, Ishak Ratman, Christopher Hsieh and

IMAGE CREDITS:
CI&A

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Mercurio Design Lab S.r.l

PROFILE:
Mercurio Design Lab Srl (MDL) is an Italian design studio dedicated to the creation and crafting of cutting edge and outstanding design work. Since its inception, MDL has been a place for ideas and thoughts, a place where creativity and artistic sense merge with a highly generative energy of the design process of architecturally meaningful works. We commit with great passion to bring milestone making ideas and solutions into the fields of Architecture, Interior Design and Industrial Design. With the company’s Italian spirit and rich cultural contents that originated in Rome forty years ago, MDL has much to offer on the contemporary design table, where Art and Technology meet to craft the best of the world lifestyle.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Amber Skye Medium Rise Residential by Mercurio Design Lab S.r.l is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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Amber Skye Medium Rise Residential by Mercurio Design Lab S.r.l is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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