AWARDS: The Orient — A touch of Shanghai

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October 13, 2018 7:10 PM SGT
The Orient, a boutique development located on Pasir Panjang Road, was completed last December. It won the award for Top Boutique Development (Completed Project) at the EdgeProp Singapore Excellence Awards 2018.
Befitting its name, The Orient’s design is a contemporary interpretation of “Shanghai in the 1920s”, says Michelle Yong, director of Aurum Land, the project’s developer. Aurum Land is a subsidiary of the privately held, family-owned construction and civil engineering firm Woh Hup Holdings, founded in 1927.
Inspired by the ornate screens of Chinese homes, the façade of the development is wrapped by a geometric frame with lattice design (Credit Picture: Aurum Land)
Inspired by the ornate screens of Chinese homes, the façade of the development is wrapped by a geometric frame with lattice design. The intricate lattice design can be found in the interiors too. The project is designed by Formwerkz Architects, which has carved a niche for itself in the design of private houses and boutique residential developments.
The Orient consists of two five-storey blocks on a freehold site of 20,042 sq ft. Yet, it manages to pack in many communal spaces into the landscaped grounds, including a lap pool, sun deck, Jacuzzi, gym, relaxation corner and dining pavilion.
Units are a mix of one- to three-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom dual-key apartments as well as three- and four-bedroom penthouses. Designed as loft-style apartments, compact one-bedroom units start from 388 sq ft and two-bedroom units from 592 sq ft. Adding to the feeling of luxury is the lofty ceiling height of 3.5m.
Communal spaces include a lap pool, sun deck, Jacuzzi, gym, relaxation corner and dining pavilion (Photo credit: Aurum Land)
The dual-key apartments provide flexibility — for investors who want to rent out part of the unit; for multi-generational families who still want privacy; or for those who want a home office. “These versatile units are the perfect solution,” says the developer.
The Orient was launched in 2015. Owing to the slew of property cooling measures, the market was soft then, Yong recounts. However, when the market started to recover last year, sales took...