AWARDS: The Venue Residences lauded for sustainability efforts

/ EdgeProp
October 15, 2018 4:08 PM SGT
The Venue Residences, along Tai Thong Crescent, comprises 266 residential units and 28 commercial shop lots (Credit: Samuel Issac Chua/ The Edge Singapore)
Situated on Tai Thong Crescent, The Venue Residences and Shoppes is bounded by Upper Serangoon Road, MacPherson Road and the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE). The mixed-use development — comprising 266 residential units and 28 commercial shop lots — draws footfall throughout the day, and is aptly described as “a place where people gather”. That was the idea behind the name, says Jenson Lee, senior architect at Aedas, who was part of the team working on The Venue Residences.
Despite The Venue’s location at a busy junction, developer City Developments Ltd focused on the factors it could work with. Special care was taken to ensure that the facade of the development requires little maintenance. The building walls, which are precast, are coated with a concrete stain that can last for at least a decade, says Lee. The added layer causes dust and rainwater particles to roll off the surface, instead of penetrating the concrete, he explains. For this feature, the development won the Sustainability Excellence award at the EdgeProp Singapore Excellence Awards 2018.
“What gave [The Venue] an edge was the materials chosen for the construction — the ease of maintenance was carefully considered,” says Yvonne Tan, accredited landscape architect at architecture and landscape firm DP Green.
The swimming pool features an origami-inspired boat sculpture (Credit: Samuel Issac Chua/ The Edge Singapore)
The development, which also has a Platinum BCA Greenmark Award to its name, received its temporary occupation permit in 2017, and is fully sold. Residential unit offerings range from one-bedders starting at 495 sq ft to four-bedroom units at 1,238 sq ft. There are also eight penthouse units from 1,948 to 2,142 sq ft.
Aedas designed two orientations for the residential units. Some look inwards, facing condo facilities such as the pool, while others offer views of the city. The units facing the main roads have balconies that were installed with acoustic ceilings, which deflect...