EDEN: Swire Properties’ First Ultra-Luxury Residences in Singapore
Swire Properties has unveiled its first ultra-luxury residential project in Singapore, “EDEN”, an exclusive apartment building inspired by Singapore’s vision as a ‘city in a garden’ and designed by Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio.
Located at 2 Draycott Park in the prestigious District 10 Orchard Road neighbourhood, EDEN offers 20 apartments in total, each occupying the entire floor. Each unit has a saleable area of over 3,000 sq ft, and comes with four en-suite bedrooms.
The concept of Eden—which represents natural unspoilt beauty—has been incorporated into the property’s design; with the aim of reconnecting residents with nature and offering a truly extraordinary living experience. The centrepieces of the project are the iconic hanging balconies featuring hand-picked tropical greenery, offering residents a ‘private garden in the sky’—with amazing unobstructed 270-degree views and complete privacy.
Thomas Heatherwick said, “We wanted to create something distinct for Singapore to contrast a skyline filled with angular steel and glass towers. Our design recreates the verdant garden access once ubiquitous in the city’s homes, extending the landscape of Singapore from ground level through the building via hanging gardens. This is truly a home in a garden, where residents can enjoy an unparalleled lifestyle.”
Distinct Design Features
As a tribute to Singapore, the unconventional tailor-made concrete core features an abstract topographical map of Singapore’s terrain, creating a unique three-dimensional texture. The building breaks tradition and moves away from the use of a boxy floorplate.
What’s more, the project’s sustainable development features have earned EDEN a Green Mark Platinum rating from Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA). Natural ventilation is a key green component, and the cantilevered balconies offer solar shading while windows open on three sides to allow natural cross-ventilation – both reducing the need for air-conditioning and energy usage. Concrete was specifically chosen as a building material, for the façade as well, and plays a role in the property’s environmental performance; as its mass reduces the amount of warm air that enters the building’s interior, aiding natural cooling.
EDEN is set to be completed in the fourth quarter in 2019.