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TMW Maxwell ushers in a revolution in multi-hyphenate spaces for modern urbanites

By TMW Maxwell
/ EdgeProp Singapore |
TMW Maxwell is just minutes away from the CBD and prime financial streets. (Picture: Albert Chua/The Edge Singapore)
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Era-defining buildings in Singapore signal a pivotal point in the architectural scene and influence urban design in the years to come. TMW Maxwell is set to become such a momentous project, reflecting the next generation of truly local urban design that is built for tomorrow’s hybrid lifestyle.
Located at a strategic corner of Maxwell Road, TMW Maxwell is the newest 20-storey commercial and residential mixed-use development by joint developers CEL Development, SingHaiyi Group, and Chuan Investments. These leading companies are collaborating with avant-garde architectural firm Formwerkz Architects and landscape designer Compound Collaborative to unveil a bold and fresh urban lifestyle concept.
Aimed at the young and daring at heart, TMW Maxwell sits at the crossroads of the densely packed CBD cityscape and the vibrant historic Club Street, Keong Saik Road, Duxton Road, and Chinatown neighbourhoods. It is the epicentre of city living in Singapore and affords future residents the best transport connectivity and access to green spaces in the central region.

Modern perspective

TMW Maxwell will be the newest commercial and residential mixed-use development along Maxwell Road in District 2. Residents living in one of the 324 units will be minutes away from the CBD and prime financial streets such as Shenton Way, Robinson Road, Central Boulevard, and Collyer Quay.
In addition, TMW Maxwell is at the doorstep of the revitalised Tanjong Pagar area and landmark commercial and mixed-use projects such as Guoco Tower, Capital Tower, and International Plaza. An influx of city-dwellers will arrive with the completion of new residential projects such as One Bernam on Bernam Street, Newport Residences on Anson Road, and Skywaters Residences on Prince Edward Road.
A two-bedroom premium unit at TMW Maxwell. (Picture: Albert Chua/The Edge Singapore)
The flipside of TMW Maxwell will face the historic shophouses along Keong Saik Road, Neil Road, Duxton Road, and Tanjong Pagar Road. These conservation shophouse enclaves offer the best of Singapore’s urban lifestyle with a myriad of shops, cafés, restaurants, bars, and clubs.
Residents of TMW Maxwell will also enjoy easy access to around six stations and four lines on the MRT network. Maxwell Station on the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) is a two-minute walk away. This is one stop from Outram Interchange which serves the East-West Line (EWL), North-East Line (NEL), and TEL. Nearby Tanjong Pagar Station on the EWL extends the public transport travel radius to key venues such as Raffles Place, City Hall, and Bugis. Other MRT stations in the vicinity include Telok Ayer on the Downtown Line (DTL) and Chinatown Interchange on the NEL and DTL.

Hybrid lifestyle

TMW Maxwell has been billed as a collection of multi-hyphenate spaces that represent the various mixed-use zones and hybrid lifestyle the developers envision for tomorrow’s urbanites. Part-home, part-office, part-park, and part-galleria — just as how these urbanites defy categorisation, TMW Maxwell blends all these venues into one exciting offering.
This starts from the bold architecture of the project conceived by Formwerkz Architects. The development is conceptualised as a place that defies strict categorisation, where work, live, and play happens seamlessly. The architects also envisioned it as a new focal point to foster a greater sense of place and community within the Tanjong Pagar district.
TMW Maxwell celebrates it location close to the bustling CBD and historic shophouse neighbourhoods. (Picture: Albert Chua/The Edge Singapore)
On the street level, a new sunken forecourt called The Commons will be the centrepiece that connects pedestrians to the basement retail floor. This urban, outdoor living room will provide amphitheatre seating set among verdant foliage.
The commercial component continues up to a three-storey podium with a curated mix of shops and restaurants. The wide setback from the neighbouring buildings emphasises an elevated sheltered pedestrian street on the second floor fronting Murray Terrace. This 24/7 accessway enhances the pedestrian flow between Maxwell Road, Tras Street, and Peck Seah Street.
The most striking architectural element of TMW Maxwell is the 16-storey tall tower of vertically stacked terraces facing Maxwell Road. It is an ambitious urban design that rethinks and pushes the boundary of the concept of communal sky terraces typically featured in new projects over the past decade.
The various landings are connected to most of the residential floors and are filled with landscaping and spatial concepts, facilities and enclaves for residents to use. The vertical greens are more than a façade treatment, they also offer a series of pocket gardens, outdoor living rooms, and communal zones.
For example, residents can wind down at the Level 4 Courtyard. This social space features Courtyard Dining, a Festival Lawn, and a farm-to-fork garden. Alternatively, they can relax at the Sky Jacuzzi found on the Sky Pool alcove on the 15th and 16th floors. The best views of the cityscape can be found at the Panorama on the 20th floor, as well as the Infinity Sky Pool on the lower roof level.

Flip/Switch: Homes with flexible spaces

The blending of spaces permeates into the design considerations for the residential units. TMW Maxwell offers a mix of Flip/ Switch units — one- and two-bedroom units that range from 474–872 sq ft.
The new Flip/Switch layout concept allows various spaces to be utilised differently from day to night, transforming from living to working spaces, and accommodating one person to a party of many.
Out of the units, 201 (62%) offer the Flip/ Switch concept, and these offer the most versatile unit layout that is provided in the project. There are also 5 one-bedroom lofts of 850–883 sq ft, as well as 34 two-bedroom dual key units of 861–872 sq ft.
The new Flip/Switch layout concept allows various spaces to be utilised flexibly. (Picture: Albert Chua/The Edge Singapore)
All apartment units will come with top-of-the-line appliances from SMEG, as well as premium sanitary wares and fittings by Gessi and Roca. These include an integrated fridge, washer-cum-dryer, a built-in wardrobe, and an integrated flip-down ironing board.
Innovative space-saving provisions for Flip/Switch units include a queen-size Murphy bed with integrated sofa. This frees up the footprint of the bed during the day to make way for a living area.
Flip/Switch units will also have a unique moveable walk-in wardrobe that pulls out from the provided built-in wardrobe. By compressing the space when not in use, this extends the living area. Flip/Switch units balconies are equipped with a flip-down table to accommodate guests or to be used as a flexible workspace.
Prospective buyers can experience these unique provisions at the TMW Gallery located along Peck Seah Street in Tanjong Pagar.

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