Situated at a prime location in downtown Orchard Road of Singapore, Orchard Suites stands out amongst the crowd of high rise residential development around by its unique and innovative ‘skin’ architecture. Disadvantaged by an extremely small site, and with a desire to bring high rise living to a new green benchmark, an extremely sinuous and diaphanous skin is created to modulate the climate to achieve thermal comfort without resorting to the constant use of the air-conditioner.
This skin is both a sun shading device as well as a wind and rain modulator, depending on the location in relation to the interior space. Yet this sinuous fabric is based on a modular system on an orthogonal grid.
This skin shroud over an apartment that is designed with effective cross ventilation, taking advantage of the breeze that a building of this height can enjoy. It literally allows the building to breathe. Therefore, the 22 apartments are raised well above the podium of the surrounding buildings, to leave a communal deck at the second storey as well as a roof top swimming pool with gym for the enjoyment of the residents.
Optimal building orientation in a north south direction for all the living spaces, with sensible zoning, whereby the service core takes the brunt of the western sun, and orienting the living and master bedroom towards the best views of the Marina Bay in the South East, will effectively reduce the solar heat gain of the hot tropical sun and yet capture what the site can offer for a contemporary city lifestyle. The Orchard Suites has successfully turned an environmental concern into an architectural fashion statement that has brought commercial benefits to the developer. The development is expected to fetch a higher price due to its unique character, good layout, location and views.Location: Singapore Architect: MKPL Architects Pte Ltd Project name: Orchard Suites