The Criterion draws winning inspiration from Chinese landscapes

/ EdgeProp Singapore
October 25, 2019 7:00 PM SGT
The Criterion, a 505-unit executive condo (EC) located along Yishun Street 51, picked up the Top Development Award for a completed project in the non-Central area at the EdgeProp Singapore Excellence Awards 2019.
Tan Hui, vice president of projects at City Developments Ltd, receiving the award for The Criterion, the winner of the Top Development Award for completed project in the non-Central area (Photo: Albert Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)
Designed by architectural practice Consortium 168, The Criterion has ten 13-storey blocks sitting on a land area of 193,108 sq ft. The blocks are orientated in a such a way that most of the units from the eighth floor and above will enjoy uninterrupted views of the Orchid Country Club golf course and the Lower Seletar Reservoir and beyond.
According to Consortium 168, the design of the project was inspired by traditional Chinese paintings or shan shui hua that depict landscapes of mountains with water elements. Hence, the blocks of The Criterion were conceived as hills with gardens, set amid a lake, which in this case is a 50m lap pool.
Developed jointly by City Developments Ltd (CDL) and TID – a joint venture between the privately held Hong Leong Holdings and Japanese developer Mitsui Fudosan – The Criterion was launched in October 2015, and fully sold prior to its completion last December.
The 50m lap pool, with ten 13-storey blocks fronting it, was conceived as a lake set amid hills (Photo: CDL)
The launch of the project proved to be timely, as the government had raised the monthly household income ceiling for homebuyers of ECs to $14,000 in August 2015, from $12,000 two months ago.
According to CDL, The Criterion is “one of the ECs with the most facilities”, totalling 58. Fronting the 50m lap pool is the double-storey clubhouse, with function rooms on the first level and the gym on the second. As the clubhouse juts out into the pool, this gives the impression that it is floating on water.
Beyond the 50m lap pool is a spa corner with a microbubble spa pool, jacuzzi and steam room. There is also a children’s play area...