- ADDP Architects’ Whistler Grand brings nature into the city
A few weeks ago the architects completed a luxury condominium on the east coast of Singapore, Whistler Grand, composed of two 130-metre towers with 36 floors each, a total of 716 one- to five-bedroom residential units. The location is strategic, only 4 bus stops from the Clementi and Jurong East MRT stations and adjacent to six shopping and dining centres. Young couples and families with children will find a vast choice of schools in the area, from the elementary level to secondary schools.
True to their vocation for sustainability - ADDP became one of the first architectural practices to obtain ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System certification in 2005 – the Whistler Grand project is inspired by the intention of creating residences that allow users to reconnect with nature and experience a sense of community, even while living in the city. This is why the design of the complex centres around green areas and communal facilities for residents’ use. There are 65 such facilities, including a Sky Terrace on the 24th floor and a Sky Garden on the 30th floor of each tower. The highlight of the communal activities is definitely the signature cantilevered fitness centre, a structure erected seven metres above the pool where residents can train while enjoying the view, encouraging a healthier lifestyle. The architectural solution is inspired by the world of nature, where overhanging canopies create interesting spaces and effects of light and shade.
The entire first floor landscape of each tower is a communal green area shared by all residents, while patio gardens at the foot of each building are planted with local flowers such as jasmine, ginger, daisies, hibiscus, pandan, fern and heliconia.
In the construction of Whistler Grand, ADDP Architects perfected innovative use of prefabricated prefinished volumetric construction (PPVC).
As the architects explain, this method guarantees not only optimal use of resources, but improved quality control and safety for workers. And in fact the complex was awarded the „Safety and Health Award Recognition for Projects“ by the Singapore government. Moreover, use of PPVC prefabrication methods for the Sky Terrace and Sky Gardens pushed forward the limits of this sustainable construction method.
Additional sustainable aspects of Whistler Grand include a focus on optimisation of use of natural light, with a curtain wall glazing system which allows full-height glazing on the front façade. All lighting systems are 100% LED, while the elevators are powered by energy-saving regenerative systems.
Whistler Grand was awarded the BCA Green MarkGold Plus prize in 2019. BCA Green Mark prizes are awarded to investors, building owners or individuals who achieve outstanding results in environmental sustainability in construction. ADDP Architects oversaw the Whistler Grand project from its conception to its construction and completion when the first homeowners moved in.
Project: ADDP Architects
Developer: CDL Pegasus Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: TW-Asia Consultants: Pte Ltd
M&E Engineer: United Project Consultants Pte Ltd
Landscape: COENDesign International Pte Ltd
Interior Design: IndexDesign Pte Ltd
QS: Arcadis Singapore Pte Ltd
Builder: Woh Hup Private Limited
Photography: Finbarr Fallon