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Top 3 property trends you should know

Integrated properties, sustainability and innovation redefine our living spaces today.

  • Sofitel Singapore City Centre

  • Tanjong Pagar Centre Urban Park

  • Guoco Tower office in Tanjong Pagar Centre

  • eCo Estate (left) and The Broadwalk at eCo (right)

  • Wallich Residence facade

  • Wallich Residence interior

  • The Angsana Plaza of The Venue Residence

  • sheltered Bike Garage at Westwood Residences

  • Westwood Residences Mini Outdoor Velodrome

Text by Edgeprop

What are the property trends impacting the industry in 2018? Integrated properties, sustainability and innovation are the three key trends that redefine our living spaces. Here is a look at how property developers in Singapore have embraced these three design-thinking concepts to create iconic and award-winning developments.

#1 Integrated Properties – Effective Space Planning and Direct Connectivity

property trends Guoco Tower office in Tanjong Pagar Centre

Guoco Tower office in Tanjong Pagar Centre

As we progress and improve our way of life, the importance of seamlessness while traversing within a development is on the rise. Through effective space planning, integrated properties can better serve the community, offering a myriad of lifestyle options as well as direct connectivity to commuter hubs. One such development which stood out is Tanjong Pagar Centre.

property trends Sofitel Singapore City Centre

Sofitel Singapore City Centre

Tanjong Pagar Centre, the winner of the inaugural Integrated Development Excellence Award recognised at the recent EdgeProp Singapore Excellence Awards 2018,  combines premium office space with hotel, retail, urban park and luxury residences in a vertical city, creating a new landmark for Singapore.

property trends Tanjong Pagar Centre Urban Park

Tanjong Pagar Centre Urban Park

As the tallest integrated development in Singapore, it integrates 890,000 sq ft of premium Grade A office space at Guoco Tower, a 100,000 sq ft lifestyle and F&B component, 223 rooms of 5-star business accommodation at Sofitel Singapore City Centre, 181 units of prestigious homes at Wallich Residence and a unique two-layered landscaped Urban Park in the CBD. The development also features seamless and direct connectivity to one of the city’s busiest commuter hubs, Tanjong Pagar MRT station.

#2 Developments with sustainability as a core value

With residents becoming more discerning and environmentally conscious, there is a demand for developments that place a focus on recreational services, community health initiatives, energy efficiency and green initiatives. eCO and The Venue Residences and Shoppes are two exemplary examples whose design processes are anchored by the tenet of sustainability.

property trends the eCo Estate and The Broadwalk at eCo

eCo Estate (left) and The Broadwalk at eCo (right)

eCO has rolled out green strategies to optimise design sensitivities, harvest natural resources to conserve energy and water consumption, as well as utilisation of bio philia to not only aesthetically please, but perform multiple functionalities. Developed as a community in a garden, the 748-unit development integrated native flora and fauna from the surrounding landscape with five residential lifestyles offered within a gated community – SOHO, Suite, Loft, Condominium and Townhouse. In particular, during its development, 18 existing mature rain trees were conserved. The design and construction of the development took into consideration the health of the heritage rain trees. The development was awarded the BCA Greenmark Gold Plus Award.

property trends The Angsana Plaza of The Venue Residence

The Angsana Plaza of The Venue Residence

Designed by Aedas, The Venue Residences and Shoppes is located on the fringe of downtown Singapore at Tai Thong Crescent. The combination of materials and design elements used to reduce energy consumption of the building, environmentally-friendly and sustainable construction materials used and technologies employed contributed to The Venue Residences and Shoppes obtaining the BCA Greenmark Platinum Award in 2013.

#3 Using innovation to fulfil needs

property trends Wallich Residence facade

Wallich Residence facade

property trends Wallich Residence interior

Wallich Residence interior

Through the use of innovation, Wallich Residence and Westwood Residences have managed to cater to the unique needs of their communities. Designed with nature and sustainability in mind, Wallich Residence adopts technologies to reduce the building’s total energy demand. The entire building facade is covered in high performance glass which is further enhanced by an extensive shading device configuration in all sides of the buildings to achieve a lower thermal performance value. Highly efficient chillers with variable speed drives, provisions for dual speed escalators, and regenerative elevators are also part of its effort to achieve maximum energy efficiency.

property trends Westwood Residences Mini Outdoor Velodrome

Westwood Residences Mini Outdoor Velodrome

property trends sheltered Bike Garage at Westwood Residences

sheltered Bike Garage at Westwood Residences

Another noteworthy development is Westwood Residences by Koh Brothers Development and Heeton Homes Pte Ltd. The first bicycle-centric designed development in Singapore, it has introduced a series of initiatives to encourage bicycle ownership and cycling. Each and every unit has access to proper bicycle storage, and as such, a ratio of 1:1 bicycle parking slot with secured covered garage and biometric vein scanner access are located at basement level. Cycling enthusiasts who have more bicycles can also opt to rent a full-size bicycle locker to secure their belongings.

This article is provided by Edgeprop.sg, a leading property portal which helps users make better decisions on all things property.

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