AWARDS: Martin Modern bags four titles at EdgeProp Excellence Awards

/ EdgeProp
October 12, 2018 3:00 PM SGT
Martin Modern clinched four awards at the EdgeProp Singapore Excellence Awards 2018. The development emerged winner for Design Excellence, Landscape Excellence, Innovation Excellence and Top Development.
Martin Modern is a 450-unit luxury condominium currently under development and situated on a sloped 171,535 sq ft plot at Martin Place. “What we like about the area is that it’s very quiet and exclusive,” says Cheng Hsing Yao, group managing director of GuocoLand Singapore. “And yet, it’s very connected just a stone’s throw from the restaurants at Robertson Quay and the Singapore River.”
As the site is large and undulating, Cheng was convinced that the developer could “create something special”, he says. “When we bought the land, we had a strong conviction of its future. Prior to the site, there had not been a launch of a government land parcel in that area of District 9 in years.”
‘A sanctuary of greenery in the city’
View of the greenery outside the clubhouse
While prestigious, the District 9 neighbourhood is densely built. “What’s most difficult to find is space and greenery, and if you could live in a Botanic Garden right in the heart of District 9, how nice would that be?”
That was the premise that led to the creation of “a sanctuary of greenery in the city”, he adds. The appointed design architects for Martin Modern were four-time President’s Design Award winner Yip Yuen Hong from ip:li architects in collaboration with Tang Kok Thye, senior principal architect of ADDP Architects. Meanwhile, ICN Design was the appointed landscape architect. “We were very careful in who we selected as the architects because we wanted to bring something new to the market,” says Cheng.
The architects managed to utilise the undulating site to create an experiential landscape in the development. According to ADDP’s Tang, the main challenge for the architects was to...