Once in awhile, a new development will pop-up in the midst of Singapore’s cookie-cutter, city apartments, standing out from the crowd because of its distinctive presence or aesthetic ingenuity. Such wacky (and very much unique) properties excite us, not only because they make our daily drive-by much more thrilling in general, but also because they strive to provoke our imagination – reminding us that the value of creativity and expression is, in fact, valuable.
Here’s a list of 5 unique new condominiums that we think will ignite your sense of intrigue, just as much as it has ours.
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1. DUO Residences, Fraser Street (D7)
Tenure: 99 Years | Starting Price: $1.1 Million | TOP: 2017
Büro Ole Scheeren, the award-winning architect behind Singapore’s infamous “The Interlace”, is back to set tongues wagging.
A post about wacky developments in Singapore cannot exist without a feature of Büro Ole Scheeren’s work. DUO Residences, his latest project with M+S Pte Ltd, has garnered so much attention that 87% of its units were snapped up within 3 days of its unveil.
Much of the popularity of DUO Residences centres on its mixed-use development concept and accessibility to town. Featuring 2 towers, the development is split into residential (DUO Residences) and commercial (DUO Tower) areas with 620 home units and over 570,000 sq ft of office space respectively.
DUO Residences features 4 floors of amenities, which include themed terraces, themed gardens, a teppanyaki pavilion, 50m lap pool, sky pool, outdoor cook-out and grill decks, indoor and outdoor gyms, lounge decks and dance decks.
2. Ferra, Leonie Hill (D9)
Tenure: 103 Years | Price: TBC | TOP: 2017
Built like a vertical supercar engine (or a home from a Y3000 sci-fi flick), Ferra combines fiery aesthetics with sleek perfection.
Ferra stands out from the crowd for its design ingenuity. As a brainchild of Far East Organisation and Pininfarina, Ferra has been constructed to exhibit all the iconic aesthetics and ambience of a supercar brand we love – the Ferrari. Not surprising, as Pininfarina is the world-renowned automobiles design house responsible for most of Ferrari’s car designs
Located in Leonie Hill, and a stone’s throw away from Orchard Road, Ferra comprises of 104 residential units (of which 2 are penthouses) in a 102m one-tower high-rise. Facilities include a 40m lap pool, spa with Jacuzzi, reflection pool, juice bar and of course, a supercar car park.
Slated to complete in 2017, Ferra will surely shake up the ultra-luxury real estate market. Ferra is also Pininfarina’s first foray into interior and exterior architecture – making this a truly unique development.
Prices are currently unavailable.
3. Westwood Residences (EC), Westwood Avenue (D22)
Tenure: 99 Years | Starting Price: $550,000 | TOP: 2018
A biker’s sanctuary – literally.
Westwood Residences appears at first hand to be a typical family-centric executive condominium, but there is much more wackiness than meets the eye.
Located in Jurong West, Westwood Residences is really a biker’s heaven. Built as Singapore’s first activity-themed development and constructed primarily for biking-enthusiasts, Westwood Residences houses 500 bike stands, a bike-repair garage, connecting bike trail, and a traffic and velodrome garden.
Besides cycling, Westwood Residences also offers other activity-based amenities, themed as Aqua, Garden, and Other Sports. This means that Westwood Residences’ facilities (which are seriously wide-ranging) include a 50m lap pool, an aqua gym, spa and Jacuzzi, kids’ pool playground, themed gardens, an alfresco pavilion, a basketball half-court, a tennis court, indoor and outdoor gyms, and a futsal court, to name just a few.
Since its unveil in May 2015, Westwood Residences has sold 32% of its units. Prices range from $550,000 for a 2-bedroom unit, to over $1 Million for a 5-bedroom unit.
4. The Crest @ Prince Charles Crescent (D3)
Tenure: 99 Years | Starting Price: $1 Million | TOP: 2017
Aptly named The Crest, this nature-centric development is constructed to look like tufts of head feathers.
Surrounded by lush greeneries and decorated with soft woods and muted hues, The Crest serves as an all-you-can-have respite from city life. Residents can unwind at an onsen bath, take a dip in the 50m lap pool, or visit the Bio Lagoon that extends into a jogging trail and tennis court. There’s also access two recreational parks nearby, Telok Blangah Hill and the scenic Mount Faber.
The Crest also houses more than 8 themed gardens in its compound. These include a gardenia garden, aroma garden, essence garden (for herbs and spices), rain lilies garden and a cascading garden. Some amenities including the Jacuzzi and Sky Gym have also been built with their own accompanying gardens. Horticulture is a serious business here.
The Crest has sold more than 80 out of 385 of its units.
5. FLO Residences, Punggol Field Walk (D19)
Tenure: Freehold | Starting Price: $1 Million | TOP: 2016
Features a standout clubhouse which looks like a contemporary art museum (and possibly inspired by the Guggenheim).
Flo Residence is one of Singapore’s very rare waterfront habitats, situated right next to the Punggol Riverwalk and Lorong Halus Wetland. Whilst the latter is quite a defining feature in itself (especially for nature and bird-lovers), what really stood out to us was Flo Residence’s wacky (and truly grandiose) Clubhouse – a standout feature sculpted to reflect the elements of Earth, Sky and Water.
Flo Residences is an especially children-friendly development, featuring a Multi-deck Playhouse, Children’s Spa Pod, Earth Mounds, Piano Play Steps, Activity Rooms, Lookout Stations and a 12-seater Theatrette. Other amenities include an indoor gym, outdoor fitness centre, aqua gym, and rest and party alcoves.
Flo Residences offers 530 units with 530 assigned carparks. Resale properties are available.
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