Designing Singapore’s condos

Tang Kok Thye, with his family in tow, is a regular visitor at showflats of project launches. He was at the preview of The Clement Canopy on Feb 11, and joined a throng of 10,000 at Grandeur Park Residences the following weekend. He intends to be present at the debut weekend of Seaside Residences in April. This is because Tang is an architect and associate partner of ADDP Architects, the firm that designed all three condominium projects. It also designed iNz Residence, the first EC project to be launched this year.
“You could call it luck,” says Tang. “But business doesn’t come just like that, especially in the architectural industry, which is highly competitive. All these developers are not new to us, and we have been working with them for many years.”
Still, ADDP had to compete and pitch for the projects like every other architectural firm. The sole exception was the 505-unit The Clement Canopy by a joint venture between UOL Group and Singapore Land. This was because one of the conditions in the sale of the government land parcel was that the developer had to use the prefabricated, pre-finished volumetric construction (PPVC) method for the new project.
From left: ADDP Architects partner Chin Hang Ping and associate partners, Tang Kok Thye and Markus Cheng
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Early designer of projects using PPVC
ADDP was awarded the design of The Clement Canopy on the back of its successes in designing three of the four projects on government land sites requiring the use of PPVC in construction: the 638-unit The Brownstone executive condo in Sembawang; the 710-unit Lake Grande on Jurong West St 41; and the 752-unit Parc Riviera on West Coast Vale. “UOL-Singapore Land wanted an architect with experience,” says Tang.
ADDP’s first project with PPVC was The Brownstone, a New York-inspired executive condo (EC) by giant developer City Developments. It was also CDL’s maiden EC project using PPVC when it won the site in October 2014.
The Clement Canopy posed a new challenge. At 40 storeys, the twin blocks will be the tallest towers erected using PPVC. And that...