Ardmore Residence skyscraper
in Singapore by UNStudio


An elaborate facade comprising curved edges, deep recesses and sliced windows wraps this 135-metre skyscraper by Dutch office UNStudio in Singapore (+ slideshow).

Ardmore Residence skyscraper in Singapore by UNStudio

Ardmore Residence is a 36-storey apartment block near Singapore's Orchard Road shopping district and was designed by UNStudio to accommodate a total of 58 homes.

Ardmore Residence skyscraper in Singapore by UNStudio

The curved details of the opaque concrete facade are intended to replicate organic forms found in nature, while large bay windows and double-height balconies were added to allow extensive views across the city skyline.

Ardmore Residence skyscraper in Singapore by UNStudio

"The highly textural facade of the Ardmore Residence works in unison with the organisation of the individual apartments, affording both extensive daylight to the unique residential spaces and panoramic views over the city of Singapore," said UNStudio principal Ben van Berkel.

Ardmore Residence skyscraper in Singapore by UNStudio

The facade pattern is repeated every four storeys to give a formal rhythm to the building's silhouette and rounded glass wraps around some of the corners.

Ardmore Residence skyscraper in Singapore by UNStudio

"The facade further generates a unique reading of the building in the neighbourhood, with its layered contours extending the appearance beyond four facades and providing a variety of profiles and perspectives," added Van Berkel.

Ardmore Residence skyscraper in Singapore by UNStudio

The first apartments are positioned on the eighth storey, creating a sheltered void at the base of the tower that opens out to gardens, terraces and a private residents' swimming pool.

Ardmore Residence skyscraper in Singapore by UNStudio

Ardmore Residence is one of several skyscrapers that UNStudio has designed for Singapore, including an office block that looks like a cactus and an apartment block with a hole in its side.

Ardmore Residence skyscraper in Singapore by UNStudio

Photography is by Iwan Baan.

Here's some information from UNStudio:

UNStudio's Ardmore Residence in Singapore completed

In recent years high-rise residential towers is Asia have undergone a significant transformation. No longer only mass replicated tower blocks dot the skyline of most Asian cities, a new generation of bespoke towers now provide aesthetic, singular silhouettes and incorporate comfortable living spaces, attractive landscaped gardens and an array of amenities for residents.

Ardmore Residence by UNStudio
Level eight floor plan - click for larger image

The Ardmore Residence at 7 Ardmore Park in Singapore is one of this new breed of residential towers. Located in a prime location close to the Orchard Road luxury shopping district the Ardmore Residence enjoys both expansive views of the panoramic cityscape of Singapore City and the vast green areas of its immediate western and eastern surroundings.

Ardmore Residence by UNStudio
Exploded tower with apartment breakdown - click for larger image

Living landscape

The primary concept for the design of the 36 storey, 17.178 m² residential tower is a multi-layered architectural response to the natural landscape inherent to the 'Garden City' of Singapore. This landscape concept is integrated into the design by means of four large details: the articulation of the facade, which through its detailing creates various organic textures and patterns; expansive views across the city made possible by large glazed areas, bay windows and double-height balconies; the interior 'living landscape' concept adopted for the design of the two apartment types and the introduction of transparency and connectivity to the ground level gardens by means of a raised structure supported by an open framework.

Ardmore Residence by UNStudio
Explosed 3D diagram - click for larger image

Textured facade

The facade of the Ardmore Residence is derived from micro-design features which interweave structural elements, such as bay windows and balconies into one continuous line. The facade pattern is repeated for every four storeys of the building, whilst rounded glass creates column-free corners, visually merging the internal spaces with the external balconies. Intertwining lines and surfaces wrap the apartments, seamlessly incorporating sun screening, whilst also ensuring that the inner qualities of the apartments and the outer appearance of the building together form a unified whole.

Ardmore Residence by UNStudio
Double height spaces diagram - click for larger image


The apartments in the Ardmore Residence embody the idea of a 'living landscape'. Functional spaces are redefined and extended into the living landscape concept, offering the possibility for versatile functionality for the occupants. An indoor-outdoor living experience is achieved through the inclusion of large windows and double height balconies in all of the residences.

Ardmore Residence by UNStudio
Double height spaces diagram - click for larger image

Continuous landscape

The first residential level of the Ardmore Residence is located on the eighth storey of the building. An open framework is therefore introduced at the base of the raised tower which enables full connectivity and transparency across the ground level landscaping, while simultaneously organising the shared amenity facilities.

Ardmore Residence by UNStudio
Unrolled facades - click for larger image

Ardmore Residence, Singapore, 2006 - 2013
Client: Pontiac Land Group
Location: Singapore
Building surface: 15.666 m² of apartments, plus 4.400 m² carpark
Building site: 5.625 m²
Programme: 36 storey residential tower
Status: Construction completed
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel with Wouter de Jonge and Holger Hoffmann, Imola Berczi, Christian Bergmann, Aurelie Hsiao, Juergen Heinzel, Derrick Diporedjo, Nanang Santoso, Joerg Petri, Kristin Sandner, Katrin Zauner, Arne Nielsen,
Local architects: Architects A61, Singapore
Structure: Webstructures, Singapore
Mechanical & Electrical Consulting Engineers: J Roger Preston, Singapore
Façade: Ove Arup, Singapore

  • xx

    This doesn’t look like parametric puke, what happened to UNStudio?

    • rd365

      Don’t confuse “blob” with “parametric” and visa-versa. Parametric architecture is the future of the design / engineering / construction professions, whether this is “blob” or not.

    • spadestick

      Interwoven, interlocking, stylistic schlock. UNStudio got owned by Singapore’s tough regulations. Parametricism doesn’t exist here, move on. Nothing to see here.

  • R2-D2

    It reminds me of Mendelsohn’s Einstain tower.

  • Munchman

    It’s not that I don’t like it, I mean it’s nice, it just already feels very dated. Can’t we leave the retro-futurism to the comic books?

    • kayrobusto

      Dated? Seriously? Look at its context.

  • ghasle

    Looking at the plan, it is sad that not even a 1m frontage could be spared to allow for a window in the helper’s room, considering the expensive length of external wall of this luxury apartment.

    I sincerely hoped that the architect had tried (and unfortunately failed) to convince the client that a more humane approach would not diminish the architectural quality of the work – after all, who else can?

    • Rae Claire

      I got curious and checked the cost to rent, lease, purchase around there. For many (not all, of course!) of those folks, helpers are of interest only for the services they provide.

    • Anonymous

      ghasle, you must be referring to the bomb shelter. It’s a requirement in Singapore – which is why there are no windows. Most people use it as a storage room.

  • Daniel Brown

    I LOVE IT! So wanna live there!

  • Concerned Citizen

    I can’t put my finger on it, but something about this building appeals to me.

  • djnn24

    I really do hate curves on skyscrapers. It’s my personal opinion, don’t judge.

    • Gary Walmsley

      Fair enough. I find them preferable to the endless and repetitive hard right angles on skyscrapers. Equally, don’t judge.

  • Maxwell_Smarty

    I’m really bothered with the resolution of the form at the base; it seems like a totally cop out to just stick the whole thing on some flimsy vertical legs and call it a “sheltered void.”

    From these photos what I see is a total void of design – not at all pedestrian or inviting. I would be less weird if at least one of the wings of the tower touched down on the ground so there was some human scaling element, but it’s literally as if they needed to meet some height requirement without adding FAR so they just stuck it on some legs and called it a day.

    The actual tower has some nice details, which I think also highlight the awkward base that is devoid of any detailing.

  • Max

    Well done! Reminds me of tropical art deco without being too literal. Personally I find the spaces at the base of the tower quite sensual..

  • will

    It reminds me of an Imperial Stormtrooper.

    • Rae Claire

      Thanks, I knew I had seen it somewhere…

  • MJ

    Buidling looks really dated It’s well done, but to me, at least, it looks like an old Miami hotel stretched vertically.

    • Airborne

      Personally, I am not bothered there is a cognitive reaction to those elegant Miami Art Deco hotels from a different era. We take for granted there are a zillion towers that are Bauhaus influenced monoliths. I like this streamlined building. Especially because there isn’t an exoskeleton of steel filled in with glass panels.

  • bonsaiman


  • That single scissors staircase is scary, unlikely to be accepted by the fire authority here in Malaysia. Tell me I’m wrong.

    • Tsukiyo

      Single scissors stair is very popular in Singapore and Hong Kong. It is very efficient for small lots.

  • El Jiji

    The form is dated but I enjoy the floor plan.

  • Chris MacDonald

    Can’t quite put my finger on “what” it is that I like about it, but I do like it.

  • Kervy Bags

    Always love the curves of 60s modernism :)

  • napoleon

    Beautiful execution. Side note: UNStudio is one of the few major firms still listing all the people of their firm involved in the project when publishing a project.