Ki Residences at Brookvale lauded for green efforts

By Charlene Chin / EdgeProp Singapore | November 25, 2021 10:43 PM SGT
Nestled within the Sunset Way neighbourhood, the development comprises 660 units, spread across 10 residential blocks of 12 storeys (Credit: Hoi Hup and Sunway Development)
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At Ki Residences at Brookvale, a conserved Ficus tree emerges right from the centre of the condo’s clubhouse. Eager to preserve what remained of the former Brookvale Park, joint- venture partners Hoi Hup Realty and Sunway Developments decided to build the clubhouse around the tree, paying homage to the history of the site. In total, six trees were conserved at the original location, which the developers say served as an “important remnant to the rich greenery” that once was.
Nestled within the Sunset Way neighbourhood, the development comprises 660 units, spread across 10 residential blocks of 12 storeys staggered next to one another on a longish site of 340,107 sq ft. Unlike most projects where the residential blocks are built around the facilities, at Ki Residences, the residential blocks are the centre and focus of the land plot, with amenities lining the buildings on both sides.
At the annual EdgeProp Excellence Awards (EPEA) 2021 Ceremony held on Nov 24, Ki Residences won the accolades of Design Excellence and Sustainability Excellence, an affirmation that thoughtful design and conservation pays off in the industry.
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The landscaping on site takes up 80% of its grounds, with only 20% of the site reserved for its residential blocks (Credit: Hoi Hup and Sunway Development)
The developers have “maximised the potential of the elongated site by laying out the blocks to face the greenery instead of facing one another, allowing each unit to enjoy the views nearby”, remarks Angela Lim, co-founder of interior design firm SuMisura, and one of the six judges at EPEA 2021.
Focus on greenery and wellness
Greenery is a crucial focus at the development. The landscaping on site takes up 80% of its grounds, with only 20% of the site reserved for its residential blocks. To re-create a forest-like environment, the developers plan to plant new trees where possible, and cover surfaces with an artificial turf where natural plants cannot grow. Other design choices include incorporating leaf patterns where possible, choosing timber-like structures and keeping the colour scheme of the development within those found in a natural environment.
Lim commended the developers’ choice to commit “80% of the land to common space and landscaping, which will allow the residents to enjoy the facilities and the site’s spacious grounds”.
The landscape terrain at the development was purposefully designed to be undulating. Children’s play amenities will be built seamlessly into the waves on the ground. The children’s slide, for instance, will be built on a grass mound. Called the Yellow Flame, another conserved tree for the old site will be protected by a play-net so children can prance on it freely.
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There is also a trail that runs underneath to reach a tennis court, built below ground level. On a heightened deck, there is a glamping corner, furnished with tents and a barbeque area.
The developers also thought of providing areas that were more private and quiet to residents. To that end, facilities that cater to this need include an underground function room, tucked away from its main facilities. The function room boasts a sky light, and is placed right next to a wine cellar that can accommodate about 2,000 bottles of wine.
For homeowners who like to jog without leaving the compound, Ki Residences also boasts a jogging track from one end of the development to the other, stretching out 950m.
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Units come with full-height glass facades and Juliet balconies, allowing residents to take in the views of the landed estate in Sunset Way (Credit: Hoi Hup and Sunway Development)
Design and layout
Ki Residences was inspired by Japanese aesthetics. The theme of an ensō circle, symbolising enlightenment and strength, can be seen throughout the grounds of the development. Like the clubhouse, the arrival area at Ki Residences is circular in shape, made of materials like timber and stone.
The development’s theme that surrounds “nature, energy and movement” gave it a “good sense of identity”, differentiating itself from other condominiums, says Lim.
The units at Ki Residences are designed to be spacious. Ground-floor residents can enjoy a ceiling height of 3.5m in the living and dining areas and the bedroom. Meanwhile, penthouse units boast loftier heights of 5.5m, which the developers say residents can utilise to fit in a furniture loft.
The clubhouse at the development features a heritage Ficus tree, conserved from the site of the former Brookvale Park (Credit: Hoi Hup and Sunway Development)
Select units come with furnishings such as Blum kitchen drawers, Bosch and Samsung kitchen appliances, and Laufen and Hansgrohe bath fittings.
For cross-ventilation of the units, the homes are built in a north-south orientation. To expand on the views and let light in, units come with full-height glass facades and Juliet balconies. This also allows residents to take in the views of the landed estate in Sunset Way. Further expanding on the views, some of the larger units also have a super-sized balcony, running the width of the living to kitchen area.
The latest transaction at Ki Residences was for a 1,195 sq ft unit on the third floor that was transacted for $2.27 million ($1,897 psf) on Nov 12, based on caveats lodged with URA. On Nov 10, an 883 sq ft unit on the 12th floor was sold for $1.56 million ($1,765 psf).

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