marking the practice’s first residential project in asia, heatherwick studio has revealed designs for a new tower in singapore called ‘EDEN’. located in the historic orchard road neighborhood of singapore and commissioned by swire properties, the 343ft (104.5m) tall building offers a unique response to its location that entwines nature with city apartment living.

heatherwick studio unveils first residential project 'EDEN' in singapore designboom

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‘EDEN’ is designed to resemble a spine blade: simple vertical rectilinear plains with slim windows form the blade with generous garden balconies situated in between. this approach adopted by heatherwick grants privacy for each of the twenty apartments and allows for a generous central living space that forms the heart of each residence. the unconventional concrete walls are moulded with a topographical map of singapore’s terrain which has been abstracted to create a unique three-dimensional texture.

heatherwick studio unveils first residential project 'EDEN' in singapore designboom



the focus on creating a garden for each apartment is a response to the disconnection between high rise apartments and the lush greenery at street level in singapore. responding to lee kuan yew’s original vision of singapore as a ‘city in a garden’, the design extends the landscape of singapore upwards through the building with a series of hanging gardens, connecting the interior living space with the outdoors, providing views of singapore’s green landscape.



‘like most global cities, singapore’s skyline is filled with angular steel and glass towers. with swire properties we wanted to create something distinctive that represents singapore as a city in a garden, and recreate the verdant backyard access once ubiquitous across homes here. instead of glass-clad edifices with token balconies, each home within ‘EDEN’ will have a lush garden right at the doorstep with organic and generous living spaces achieved by breaking up the traditional boxy floorplate,’ thomas heatherwick, founder of heatherwick studio, commented.



adrian to, director of residential at swire properties said ‘we are delighted to unveil our maiden development in singapore in such a fantastic location, and to partner with internationally acclaimed designer thomas heatherwick, to set a new benchmark for luxury residences in singapore.’



project info:


project name: ‘EDEN’

project location: singapore

architect: heatherwick studio