One Pearl Bank draws praise for green facade

By Charlene Chin
/ EdgeProp Singapore |
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SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - Once completed in 2023, One Pearl Bank, which is perched atop Pearl’s Hill City Park, will be the tallest residential development in the Outram and Chinatown districts. Built on the site of the once iconic horseshoe-shaped Pearl Bank Apartments — then the highest residential tower in Singapore — the revamped development will comprise two 39-storey towers which are gently curved, linked at the roofs by sky bridges.
One Pearl Bank
One Pearl Bank will offer units from studio apartments to penthouses, at sizes of 430 sq ft to 2,800 sq ft (Credit: CapitaLand)
The 774-unit development’s focus on urban greenery has given it a lead at the EdgeProp Excellence Awards 2020, where it clinched the titles of Landscape Excellence, Design Excellence, and Top Development.
Located in central Singapore, the project will offer units from studio apartments to penthouses, at sizes of 430 sq ft to 2,800 sq ft. To expand on views of the neighbourhood, the two residential towers will be lifted 21m from the ground, benefitting from Pearl’s Hill City Park’s sloped topography.
 sunken planter on every balcony - EDGEPROP SINGAPORE
There will be a sunken planter on every balcony to maximise the greenery on the facade (Credit: CapitaLand)
Injecting greenery
Urban greenery is an important design element introduced throughout the development. Overall, the project will boast over 500 trees across 35 species and more than 135,000 shrubs, plants and flowers, occupying over 60,000 sq ft of space or the equivalent of 75% of the total site area.
One Pearl’s Bank facade will feature a series of sky gardens arrayed vertically at one edge of each tower. A garden will be allotted for every four storeys, with each garden housing 11 plots. In total, the development will have 18 sky gardens positioned at the edge of the towers, with close to 200 plots where residents can grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables. To top it off, the gardens — which extend from the edges of the two residential towers — will offer panoramic views extending from the CBD to Sentosa, says developer CapitaLand.
There will also be a sunken planter in every balcony to maximise the greenery on the facade of the development.
The three-bedroom show unit - EDGEPROP SINGAPORE
The three-bedroom show unit (Credit: Samuel Isaac Chua/ The Edge Singapore)
Building on wellness
CapitaLand has interwoven elements of wellness in the facilities provided. Crowning the development at level 39 is a garden in the sky called Sky Oculus, which features meandering walking tracks throughout various functional spaces.
There are also two terraces on levels 14 and 18, where residents can lounge and feast on the views of the city-state. The Privé Terrace overlooks Pearl’s Hill City Park, boasting amenities such as a yoga deck, exercise lawn and a meditation corner. Meanwhile, the Social Terrace, which offers views of the city, houses an outdoor lounge, an open amphitheatre and an alfresco dining area.
To complement the development’s theme of tranquillity, interior finishes such as large format printed tiles, stones and tinted glass were chosen alongside dark and light timber panels, a move CapitaLand said was intended to “blur the distinction between the interior and exterior spaces”.
the two residential towers - EDGEPROP SINGAPORE
To expand on views of the area, the two residential towers will be lifted 21m from the ground (Credit: CapitaLand)
The development will also have a landscaped path which links to Pearl’s Hill, just adjacent to One Pearl Bank. As part of URA’s Draft Master Plan 2019, Pearl’s Hill City Park will be revamped into a playground and social space for the community, and linked to Fort Canning Park through the Singapore River.
A sheltered walkway will link future residents of One Pearl Bank directly to Outram Park MRT Interchange Station, which currently serves the North-East and East-West Lines. By 2021, it will serve three lines when stage three of the Thomson-East Coast Line opens.
Based on caveats lodged with URA, the latest transaction at One Pearl Bank was for the sale of an 840 sq ft unit on the second floor for $1.8 million ($2,144 psf) on Oct 11. On the same day, a 527 sq ft unit on the 28th floor sold for $1.33 million ($2,516 psf).

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