THE HEIGHT OF CITY LIVING
Material and sensory aspects of nature are woven into the public and private spaces of the OUE Twin Peaks residential towers, which are sited in a large park offset from the Orchard Road community in Singapore.
Building massing and orientation provide outward views focused on Orchard Road, and each tower is divided into two interlocking volumes to align every unit on this prime axis; the articulated moment of horizontality breaks the vertical linearity of the tower block.
The façade and interior spaces retain the trace of nature. In the extension of park elements to the elevation of the buildings, the façades are sheathed in aluminium screens that recall timber and take their cues from the verticality and materiality of trees — the location of each screen is controlled by the individual inhabitants, producing a constant evolution of the building’s form.
This sense of organic materiality is also implemented internally, where finishes of stone and timber in public spaces and individual units work to engage the park.
"A significant feature of the twin towers is the articulation of interlocking volumes to break the linearity of the tower block as well as maximise external views from all units."
Outdoor spaces and transitions place the site in relation to the architecture. The development’s two 35-storey blocks integrate 462 residential units with a landscape that features an art garden, an outdoor sitting room immersed in tall grasses and green walls, indoor and outdoor dining, a swimming pool, and a pavilion garden.
Water features produce sounds of motion as prevalent signals of the passage into new spaces — arrival courts and linkways are planned with reflecting pools and ponds.