Unveiled> UNStudio Creates a Neighborhood in the Sky for Singapore

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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UN Studio's Scotts Tower proposed for Singapore. (Courtesy UN Studio)

UNStudio's Scotts Tower proposed for Singapore. (Courtesy UNStudio)

Singapore’s largest private property developer, the Far East Organisation, is the latest client of the Amsterdam-based architect UNStudio. The project in question is The Scotts Tower, a high-end residential building with the ambition to achieve “vertical city planning”–a concept perhaps inevitable in evermore crowded Asian cities. According to Ben van Berkel, UNStudio principal, the project is to “create neighborhoods in the sky; a vertical city where each zone has its own distinct identity.”

Scotts Tower (Courtesy UNStudio)

The Scotts Tower. (Courtesy UNStudio)

The anatomy of the 31-story and 231-unit Tower, totaling 18,500 square meters, is divided into four main residential clusters (in ascending order): City Loft (128 units, 16 floors), City View (80 units, some floors overlap with City Loft), Park View (20 units, five floors), and Sky Park (three penthouses, one floor). The idea is to incorporate a “variety of residence types and scales” into the vertical structure, along with green areas expressed by sky terraces (“the Sky Garden” featuring public spaces and swimming pools), penthouse roof gardens, and individual terraces; in fact, customization may go beyond merely choosing one cluster out of the four choices–each unit within a cluster gains individual identity by means of plan and scale (up to four bedrooms), distribution of the apartment within the cluster, and articulation of outdoor space (which yields different views, either natural landscape, cityscape, or both, if you choose the corner terraces), all on top of the possibility of configuring interior layouts according to each resident’s lifestyles.

Sky Terrace View of the Scotts Tower (Courtesy UNStudio)

Detail of the Scotts Tower. (Courtesy UNStudio)

The Scotts Tower, currently still under the design development phase, is to be erected in one of Singapore’s prime downtown locations, with a proximity to a luxury shopping district and a panoramic view of the city and nearby parkland.

UN Studio's Scotts Tower proposed for Singapore. (Courtesy UN Studio)

UNStudio's Scotts Tower proposed for Singapore. (Courtesy UNStudio)

UN Studio's Scotts Tower proposed for Singapore. (Courtesy UN Studio)

UNStudio's Scotts Tower proposed for Singapore. (Courtesy UNStudio)

UN Studio's Scotts Tower proposed for Singapore. (Courtesy UN Studio)

UNStudio's Scotts Tower proposed for Singapore. (Courtesy UNStudio)

Scotts Tower (Courtesy UNStudio)

Program Breakdown of the Scotts Tower. (Courtesy UNStudio)

Detail of the Scotts Tower (Courtesy UNStudio)

Detail of the Scotts Tower. (Courtesy UNStudio)

Structural diagram of the Scotts Tower (Courtesy UNStudio)

Structural diagram of the Scotts Tower. (Courtesy UNStudio)

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