Forum Architects Pte Ltd | Shelford
Responding to the Topography
The site is situated in a prime residential area on the fringe of the city. The site dips suddenly to a flat area four storeys below the road. The nature of the site whilst presenting access and construction difficulties, creates a unique opportunity for an exclusive retreat nestled away from the city, barely five minutes away.
Oriented North-South to minimize solar heat gain in the tropical climate, two rectangular blocks, housing fifteen residential units and four penthouses enclose a sunken private courtyard with a 21.5-metre swimming pool.
Seclusion and Privacy
An urban screened wall facing the road belies the secluded, private and cosy feel of the residential grounds. The two blocks are connected via a 15.7 metre slender bridge, yet another threshold to the guarded privacy of the residents.
Residents and visitors ‘walk on water’ through the spacious lobby to enter their units. The movement of water is projected unto the ceiling as natural light is reflected off the reflective pool’s surface, creating a subtle montage of overlapping lights and shadows.
Full height glass facades, carefully oriented north and south away from the direct sun, adorn the living spaces, bringing natural light and affording unimpeded views. The glass doors slide open to create a 3.6m wide clear opening to allow the units the be naturally cross ventilated transforming the living and dining room into a semi-outdoor space, especially for units at the level of the swimming pool.
Architect: Forum Architects Pte Ltd
Project Name: Proposed amendment to approved 2 blocks of 5-storey flats with a basement and a swimming pool (total: 19 units) on lot 05005 MK 17 at 18 Shelford Road
Gross Floor Area :3,845 sqm (total)
The penthouse units have rooftop Jacuzzis and pools to take advantage of the green setting.
Specially designed triangular screens are provided at the master baths as well as the west facing facades. The triangular profile of each screen member creates multiple colours as a result of light and shadow, whilst allowing the degree of privacy to be varied according to how the members are rotated.
Site Area: 2,750 sqm
Date of Completion : June 2010
Project Director: Tan Kok Hiang
Design Director: Tan Kok Hiang
Design/Project Team: Shaun Phua, Thitinart, Juperi
Structural Engineer: Ronnie & Koh Consultants Pte Ltd
M&E Engineer: Lincolne Scott Ng Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: Rider Hunt Levett & Bailey
Project Manager: Construction Professionals Pte Ltd
Contractor: Khian Heng Construction Pte Ltd
Photographer: Albert Lim, Singapore