The D’leedon is a milestone project, the first condominium development in Singapore to be made by the internationally-acclaimed London-based architect Zahra Hasid. Zahra Hasid is the winner of numerous international architectural competitions, and has garnered a lot of accolades and awards, including the highly prestigious Ritzier Architecture Prize in 2004.
Her work is groundbreaking and powerful; pushing the bounds of Design, researching spatial concepts in breathtaking ways, challenging the criteria. There’s nothing neither dull nor commonplace about her job. The D’leedon, with its fluid lines and sensual curves, could never be mistaken for some of the other countless condominiums that dot the urban landscape of Singapore.
It is perhaps fitting then, that the D’leedon condo occupies a gem of a place: at the prime District 10 enclaves, near the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road downtown. Soaring majestically above the surrounding high-end luxury bungalows and low-rise condos, D’leedon seven 36-storey towers give an unobstructed view to Singapore’s skyline in addition to views of expanses of Pasir Ris 8 north at Macritchie Reservoir, north-west at the Bukit Tomah nature reserve, and east to the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Architecture of D’leedon Condo
In an unusual and innovative move, the 150-metre high towers look to rise from sunken gardens from the landscape. The ground level is conceptualized as a green coating, evoking the lush vegetation that is so much part of their local climate. This landscape is organized into a series of terraced plateaus that maximise the area for communal facilities and greenery, and make interesting vistas and spaces.
D’leedon towers are positioned and oriented to optimize the Website, and opinions out to the surrounding and city skylines. In accordance with Zahra Hasid, D’leedon presents an opportunity to keep on investigating the architectural language of fluidity. The silhouettes of the towers taper inwards in the lower floors, kinking in the base to decrease the footprint and also to create unique and extremely private gardens. Each tower is divided into petals that correspond to the amount of flats per floor, with its three-dimensional forms giving definition to the facades in addition to allowing for cross-ventilation.
By changing the dimensions of the units and petals on every floor, the towers seem to grow organically in curving silhouettes and flowing lines. These towers culminate in the top with a stepped outline which transitions the building with the sky.
This USD1.7 billion project has been developed by a consortium headed by CapitaLand; the other partners of the consortium are Hotel Properties Limited, Wachovia Development Corporation, and Morgan Stanley Real Estate Special Situations Fund III, L.P The D’leedon condominium is currently the biggest residential project in Singapore’s history.