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The Tapestry: Crafting a premium ‘home within a resort’

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The Tapestry took home four awards this year, including the Top Development and Design Excellence

SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - The EdgeProp Excellence Awards 2021 saw the 861-unit development The Tapestry come out ahead of the competition to win in three key categories: Design Excellence, Landscape Excellence and Sustainability Excellence. Its high scores also earned it the coveted Top Development award.

Read also: The Tapestry scores wins for sustainable design, interior design and top development

This is the second time that The Tapestry has been recognised at the annual EdgeProp Excellence Awards. The project won the Sustainability Excellence and Top Development (Uncompleted) Awards at the EdgeProp Singapore Excellence Awards 2019.

The impressive design of the condo starts at the Arrival Court, which greets visitors and residents with a luxurious open space fronted by a signature sculpture. (Picture: City Developments Ltd)

The project was developed by Singapore-listed real estate group City Developments Ltd (CDL). The condo was designed by ADDP Architects with landscaping by Tinderbox Landscape Studio.

Benchmark new project in Tampines

The Tapestry is a 99-year leasehold development along Tampines Street 86 in District 18. The entire development consists of seven 15-storey blocks with more than 50 condo facilities distributed across 10 leisure zones.

The Tapestry is close to Tampines MRT Interchange Station on the East-West and Downtown Lines. The interchange is also connected to the Tampines Bus Interchange and key commercial centres such as the Tampines Regional Centre and Our Tampines Hub.

The Tapestry was the first premium suburban condo project to be launched for sale in 2018. The preview drew in more than 5,000 people over the first weekend, and 315 units were sold on the first day of launch. It was one of the best-selling new projects that year.

The Tapestry features a pool-centric design with blocks oriented such that most units can enjoy a pool view. (Picture: City Developments Ltd)

The condo was completed in 2021 and received its Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) in February. The development was fully sold by February this year, achieving an average price of about $1,440 psf. (Discover insightful data of any Singapore condominium with our condo directory)

Inspired by Tampines forests

During a guided walkthrough of the condo by CDL representatives, the judges of this year’s EdgeProp Excellence Awards were told that the design concept of The Tapestry was inspired by the forests of ironwood trees that used to be abundant throughout the Tampines area.

According to the developer, the architecture and aesthetics of the development blend the elements of nature and the historic landscape of Tampines with the concept of a “home within a resort” to create a comfortable and unique home for residents.

Thus, the seven residential blocks feature contemporary designs such as slim façade elements, utilising a palette of brown wood colours that reflect the textual warmth and richness of trees. Another contemporary element is full-height aluminium screens that clad the tower blocks to strategically screen air-con ledges while enhancing the building façade.

The design concept of the 861-unit project was inspired by the forests of ironwood trees that used to fill the Tampines area. (Picture: City Developments Ltd)

Each of the residential blocks is arranged around key landscape features such as a 100m lap pool and a 50m swimming pool, and most of the blocks are built in a north-south orientation. As a result, most units face the condo’s landscape deck and amenities while optimising views of the surrounding green spaces.

The thoughtful design considerations evident throughout the development impressed the judges, who gave the development top marks in the Design Excellence category.

Landscape excellence

The judges were also impressed with the landscape design of The Tapestry. The design carefully considered the contiguous and spacious landscape belt that runs along the edge of the site. This largely uninterrupted landscape zone is possible because of the relatively large size of the 233,769 sq ft site and the layout of the blocks.

This landscape belt weaves interlocking layers of uncluttered green outdoor spaces and recreational zones to create pockets of relaxation spaces for residents. The trees that line the sides of the site also reduce the sound of traffic that comes from the adjacent main road.

Given that most blocks face key landscape features such as the 100m and 50m pools, this pool-centric layout maximises the number of units that get to enjoy a pool view. An effective use of landscaping blends condo facilities such as the clubhouse, gym and pavilions to create a visual effect reminiscent of a garden tapestry.

Pockets of greenery and landscaping can be found throughout the site, creating a garden tapestry for residents. (Picture: City Developments Ltd)

During the walkthrough of the site, the judges were clearly impressed with the overall landscape concept at The Tapestry, especially the contiguous landscape zone that runs along the edge of the site. Although the condo was recently completed, the developer has transplanted more mature trees and vegetation into the condo to ensure lush areas.

The judges also praised the variety and careful use of plants and trees that surround each amenity zone to create pockets of greenery. They frequently encountered residents enjoying the spaces during their tour.

Focus on energy efficiency

The Tapestry also took home the Sustainability Excellence Award, convincing the judges with its range of green and environmentally friendly features.

The developer employed passive architecture design to cool each block. This included minimising the number of direct west-facing units, as well as designing most units with balconies or other sun-shade elements such as window ledges and tinted windows to minimise direct sunlight penetration into unit interiors.

The design of the development successfully blends elements of nature. (Picture: City Developments Ltd)

The overall energy consumption of the condo has been reduced due to the provision of energy-efficient accessories. For example, energy-efficient air-conditioners were provided for all units and a ceiling fan was included in the living rooms as an alternative.

Motion sensor lights were installed at staircases and energy-efficient lights were used in all communal facilities to reduce energy consumption. Lifts also came with a sleep mode and regenerative power feature to ensure electricity is used more efficiently.

As a result, The Tapestry attained the highest accolade — the Green Mark Platinum Award — from the Building and Construction Authority in 2019.

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