Amongst the many strong attributes of this upcoming condominium are its architectural and landscape designs
July 2, 2018
It all began with a prized location – a generous plot of land spreading across 210,404 sq ft on Woodleigh Lane, strategically located right next to the Woodleigh MRT Station.
Then came the plan – to craft an 805-unit luxury development with affordable sizes from 463 to 1,712 sq ft, making them suitable for different households and discerning homeowners and investors.
As for the design, that went into the talented hands of award-winning architectural firm, ADDP Architects, and landscaping experts, Ecoplan Asia.
Before the project came to be known as Park Colonial, its designers were struck by the site of the new condominium next to the quaint but stately estate of Woodleigh Park, one of Singapore’s preserved colonial quarters established in the last century.
Here, a lovely collection of black and white houses proudly stand as a nostalgic reminder of the splendour of the colonial era, when those living in such homes led elegant and relaxing lifestyles surrounded by luxury, beauty and refinement.
They became the creative starting point for Markus Cheng, ADDP’s associate partner, who studied the site surroundings and context.
Mr Cheng explains that colonial houses are a mix of east and west, having a western charm but rooted and adorned in predominantly vernacular materials and methods.
“We wanted the essence of the colonial past in modern living and proposed architectural elements that reflect a modernised interpretation of the colonial era.”
This led to the class and luxury of Park Colonial’s colonial architecture being expressed through their proportions and elements, intermingled with a clean, sleek Modernist building form. Then a material palette selected from steel framing and textured stone were used to create a feeling of lightness and a chic aesthetic.
From the grand entrance known as the Colonial Square, visitors will get an impressive sense of arrival like in the colonial era. It is designed with a water sculpture, ‘concierge-like’ reception and colonnade walk lined with a wall of greenery.
A key design element that brought the colonial style to life is its crown jewel, The Colonial Club. This is the development’s clubhouse, which welcomes residents through a generously-overhanging portico and spacious patio that leads into the luxurious interior. At 10 metres high, the Colonial Club is a contemporary interpretation of the functionality and timelessness of tropical colonial design.
While the terrain posed some design challenges, with a six-metre level split in the middle of the site, ADDP turned it into strength by taking advantage of the height difference to create a two-tier landscape concept with different mood settings. So flanking Colonial Club is a 50-metre long cantilevered lap pool that overhangs out onto the undulating and sweeping contours of the landscape below, offering a stunning view of the islands of water, trees and lawn in the horizon.
Meanwhile, in keeping with the idea of paying homage to colonial era lifestyle while giving it a current design language, Ecoplan Asia worked at unifying the condominium’s facilities with the rest of its landscape to create something timeless and classy.
To bring out a sense of colonial charm, it introduced the elegant English Breakfast House, Tea Garden in a manicured garden setting, chess garden and flower garden – all beautifully set in an expansive lawn.
“The pavilions are articulately designed to combine the black and white motif with a simple, tiered roof,” notes Thanapong Boonyasiriwat, Ecoplan Asia’s managing director. “The softscape chosen then blends perfectly with the architecture, with intricate details found on the screens of the pavilions or the tea garden setting, crafted to form cosy spaces.”
“The design seen in Park Colonial is something that nobody would be able to experience from other developments in Singapore,” says Mr Boonyasiriwat. “The whole experience of walking through a forest-like trail and finding yourself emerging through the landscape with hammocks hidden subtly within the trees or the cantilevered 50-metre lap pool is a rewarding one.”
Adds ADDP’s Mr Cheng: “Investors will pay attention to Park Colonial, over and above the luxury colonial lifestyle we have discussed because they are very savvy. They know what good design is, they see the liveable and efficient unit layouts, appliance and finishing quality, and the development’s fine detailing.”
Indeed, their views are widely shared by those in the property industry, who also highlight Park Colonial’s excellent location and investment potential for its attractiveness.
Says Alvin Tan, executive director of PropNex International: “Firstly, its location right next to Woodleigh MRT station makes it only five stops from Dhoby Ghaut and seven to Raffles Place. Secondly, you have educational institutions surrounding the development. Thirdly, there’s convenience, with three malls in its vicinity. Finally, it has potential upside due to its first mover advantage for being right next to the Bidadari estate.”
Dubbed the “future Bishan”, Bidadari will be developed into a new town with a wide array of amenities and transportation nodes to support the incoming population living in the large number of HDB flats planned for the area. Park Colonial home owners will be among the first to benefit from the fruits of such developments.
They will also likely enjoy good capital appreciation in the coming decade, as there will be a ready pool of HDB upgraders in future, notes Eugene Lim, key executive director at ERA. Its location just a short commute from the Tai Seng–Ubi commercial clusters and the Central Business District also offers landlords ready rental demand, he adds.
Concludes Ken Low, director of project sales and marketing at Huttons Asia: “With a strong consortium of reputable local developers – Chip Eng Seng Corporation, Heeton Holdings and KSH Holdings – behind Park Colonial, supported by the luxury of a huge land size, prospective buyers can look forward to a wide range of modern facilities and unit types well suited for singles, young couples and large families.”