Singapore is all set to sizzle up the gloomy economic/real estate market with its most expensive accommodation. Moving towards completion, this latest iconic architecture brings avant-garde technology and luxury under one roof. Comprising of Singapore’s first monocoque façade and canopy structure and one of the largest LED media walls in Asia, the ION Orchard project has already received many significant green awards. Designed by Benoy along with RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, the ION Orchard will house more than 400 shops and 175 ultra-luxe apartments along with a new 3,000 m2 urban space and an observation deck. It’s the exceptionally designed outer skin of the project that is raking attention. Inspired by the patterns and textures found in nature, a three-dimensional free form curvilinear glass and metal façade include the integrated media façade. This, in turn, has the potential to transform into one of the largest LED media walls in Asia.
The design also includes a large low resolution ‘seed façade,’ and a smaller high resolution LED façade. This set up will be a boon for advertising and public video screenings. A double-curved glass fully transparent Waterdrop has also been designed as an iconic MRT station entrance to the events space. And to highlight this structure’s beauty at night, the designer has fitted the entire podium monocoque facade with LEDs at each nodal point.
While the 218 m Orchard Residences tower will throw its doors open in December, the retail center and public realm will open in July.