Concrete is one of the primary materials used in the construction of many contemporary architectural projects being built worldwide. It is a malleable, durable and versatile material that is used to make many of today’s feats of engineering possible. Since The Conco Companies have been busy working on several skyscrapers in the Western U.S. that are sure to become iconic landmarks for their regions, we are doing several blog posts on other concrete marvels that have recently been constructed across the globe.
One such dramatic concrete building is the Ardmore Residence Skyscraper in Singapore. Designed by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio architectural firm, construction was started in 2009 and completed in 2013. The remarkable aspect of the building is not so much the height (445’ tall, 36 floors) but rather the elaborate facade that is comprised of “curved edges, deep recesses and sliced windows.”
The 58-unit skyscraper is designed to replicate organic forms found in nature as displayed by the curved, opaque concrete façade. To ensure residents could take advantage of the spectacular city views, each apartment has large bay windows and double-height balconies. According to the architect, “The highly textural facade of the Ardmore Residence works in unison with the organization of the individual apartments, affording both extensive daylight to the unique residential spaces and panoramic views over the city of Singapore.”
By repeating the elaborate façade pattern in intervals of every four stories, the building is provided with a formal rhythm to its silhouette. The actual residential units do not start until the 8th floor and the base of the tower is filled with gardens, terraces and a private swimming pool.
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