my paper | Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011

CAPITALAND Residential Singapore has appointed renowned international architect Moshe Safdie as the lead designer for its condominium in Bishan Central.

Located near the Bishan transportation hub and Junction 8 shopping mall, the residential development will have about 540 units.

For the development, Mr Safdie has introduced a distinctive stepping form that allows for private garden spaces for a large number of the units.

There will be two 38-storey towers linked by three bridging “sky gardens” to offer shared garden and leisure spaces. Residents on the upper floors will enjoy views of Bishan Park.

Said Mr Safdie, who is based in Boston: “The concept moves past the traditional approach of deploying individual towers to create a three-dimensional matrix of public gardens and private terraces, as well as to frame open views of the city.

“This affords lush expanses of greenery – both horizontally and vertically – and achieves optimal orientation relative to the sun and prevailing winds, allowing the units to be naturally ventilated.”

The 11,997 sq m site has an estimated gross floor area of 58,786 sq m. CapitaLand has partnered Mitsubishi Estate Asia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Estate, to jointly develop the condominium.

CapitaLand will be the lead development manager for the project, responsible for the full spectrum of sales and marketing, product design and development, and project management.

Major projects by Mr Safdie’s firm, Safdie Architects, under construction or recently completed include Marina Bay Sands, a mixed-use integrated resort in Singapore; the Golden Dream Bay, a high-density residential beachfront community in Qinhuangdao, China; and the Mamilla Alrov Center, a dynamic urban centre near the Old City in Jerusalem.