d’Leedon and Jewel Changi Airport win top architecture awards

Romesh NavaratnarajahJuly 25, 2016

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Artist’s impression of Jewel Changi Airport, a mixed-use development. Source: CapitaLand

Property developer CapitaLand has announced that two of its projects – d’Leedon and Jewel Changi Airport – were honoured at the International Architecture Awards 2016.

Now in its 13th year, the awards recognise real estate projects that display excellence in aspects such as design, construction, planning and sustainability.

Completed in 2014, d’Leedon was designed by the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. The 1,715-unit condominium near Farrer Road MRT station is the largest residential development in Singapore.

According to Simon Yong, CapitaLand’s Chief Development Officer for Asia, the orientation and placement of the condo’s seven towers take environmental factors into account.

“d’Leedon’s petal-shaped floor plan allows for windows on three sides of every apartment and natural ventilation in all kitchens and bathrooms,” said Yong.

Meanwhile, Jewel Changi Airport is scheduled to open in early 2019. Designed by Safdie Architects, its distinctive architecture includes a stunning glass and steel façade and lush greenery indoors.

One of Jewel’s attractions will be the Forest Valley, a five-storey garden filled with thousands of trees and other plants, said Yong.

He added that another centrepiece will be the 40-metre high Rain Vortex, expected to be the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

A mixed-use development, Jewel Changi Airport will house retail stores, facilities for airport operations, hotel facilities and a car park.

Organised by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, about 130 projects from 43 countries were selected as winners out of the final shortlist of 370 developments.

 

 

Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor at PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email romesh@propertyguru.com.sg

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