LOOK Architects completes 2 seminal projects at the end of 2015 with the aim of reimagining medium density developments in Singapore in new directions.
Designing for high density in condominium developments is a challenge that constantly calls for refreshing solutions. Homeowners are looking beyond the layout of the unit. In today's market, they are increasingly interested in the collective identity of
the development, and in finding an emotional connection between their homes and their lifestyle choices. This is an aspect of residential design worthy of deeper contemplation as shown in the two successfuldevelopments.
01. THREE BALMORAL
3 BALMORAL ROAD, SINGAPORE.
02. BLISS SIMON LANE, KOVAN, SINGAPORE.
As part of a holistic design approach, we look beyond the utilitarian value of building components and discover in them the potential to inject creativity into the living environment.
In both developments, LOOK Architects have implemented sustainable design strategies which focuses on enhancing and prolonging comfort and livability for the occupants of these buildings.
Architectural features with manifold like behaviour from steel framing members not only ascertain the buildings presence and image, but also act as environmental control devices.
Articulated screens give a veiled translucency to the building mass,
responding to the ever-increasing
intensification of the urban environment
by softening the building's appearance.
Three Balmoral consists of a singular 12-storey exclusive condominium block with semi-basement carpark; situated in a residential enclave on the outskirts of the Orchard shopping belt. The building features perforated aluminium screen panels wrapping cantilevered balconies.
Nestled amidst a mature
landed housing neighbourhood,
the site evoked a clear
image of the development - a private eco-lifestyle sanctuary
indulging urbanites' longing to
momentarily detach from the bustle of the city.
For Bliss@Kovan, the high-level trellis roof – comprising folded perforated aluminium panels inclined at a gradual pitch – not only reduces thermal gain through the roof slab, but also serves to channel breezes toward the habitable roof terrace. The roof terrace serves as catchment area for an integrated rainwater harvesting system, which provides irrigation for the extensive communal landscaped deck.
Bliss @Kovan consists of 5-storey residential blocks (total 140 dwelling units), one 3-storey communal facilities block, communal swimming / spa pools and basement carpark. It has total gross floor area of 12,754 square meters.
Vertical “wind scoops” affixed to the cantilevered facade frames direct air movement through the main living spaces of units while acting as diaphanous sun-shading screens. These lightweight wind scoops echo the expression of the balcony parapet screen, articulating a sophisticated design language of delicate translucency and lightness.
As LOOK Architects passes
20 ever-evolving years in practice,
the search to surpass
market expectations and demands
continues to inspire our relentless
pursuit of design excellence.