Condo design for Pearl Bank site unveiled

Straits Times 14 May: Condo Design For Pearl Bank Site Unveiled

Even as some members of the general public come to terms with the loss of the 38-storey horseshoe-shaped block, the new design, with its “clear and straightforward form”, ensures the continuity of a definite punctuator on Pearl’s Hill, said its architect, Dr Christopher Lee, in an interview with The Straits Times.

He noted that the tradition of punctuating an elevated ground goes back centuries..The upcoming structure, which can house 774 residential apartments – almost triple the first 288 units – features a plot ratio of 8:1. The unit types will range from studio apartments to penthouses, from about 430 square foot to 2,800 sq ft.

The 39-storey condominium, to be ready by 2023, are going to be called One Pearl Bank. It is a 99-year leasehold property. Standing at 178m, and nestled on top of Pearl’s Hill, it’ll be the tallest residential development within the Outram-Chinatown district, outstripping the highest @ Duxton which stands at 156m.

“A high-rise tower is that the only option and outcome for such a decent , high-density plot,” said Dr Lee, 47, co-founder and principal of Serie Architects, which is predicated in London.

The new structure may be a venture between his firm and Singapore-based Multiply Architects. The new design was developed over the course of a year. Property developer CapitaLand had by February last year acquired Pearl Bank for $728 million, within the structure’s fourth collective sale attempt since 2007.

ST understands that the redevelopment design concept was prepared alongside options for conservation, in an attempt led by CapitaLand following feedback from some sectors. Passionate pleas to save lots of the structure had come from variety of members of the heritage and architectural fraternities, who described Pearl Bank as before its time, irreplaceable and a visual signpost.

Sources – Strait Times 

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