Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
Located in a vibrant center-city district characterized by bold architecture, New Futura is a striking addition to the Singapore skyline. The design of the residential complex is inspired by rigorous patterns, rich hardwoods, the beauty of repetition, and strong and precise detail. Integrated massing and programming and an efficient facade strategy are key to the project’s innovative, iconic design.
The two 36-story towers are each topped with an illuminated crown. They contain 124 units in total, including two-bedroom apartments, four-bedroom apartments with double-height ceilings, and two five-bedroom penthouses. Each unit has private lift doors, opening into a generously sized living and dining room with a spacious balcony. Flexible floor plates and efficient planning allow for a greater number of units, positioned to offer a variety of city views. Throughout the towers, public and private layers are woven together: six distinctive sky gardens are placed at varied intervals, punctuating the glass facade with greenery. As shared amenities for residents, the gardens provide sky pools and lounging areas.
The two towers occupy only 25 percent of the total site footprint, leaving the remaining area for a range of amenities. These include expansive pool facilities, namely a large lap pool, children’s pool, playground and cabana, jogging track, gourmet dining facilities, and clubhouse. The entrance to the complex conveys a sense of prestige with a dramatic entry plaza, portes-cochères, and lobbies. A sunken garden with lush plants is incorporated in the below-grade parking facility. Additional lobbies at this level surround the garden, providing comfort and convenience for residents.
SOM designed a custom unitized curtain wall system to enhance quality control during fabrication and to facilitate rapid and efficient installation. High performance insulating glass improves thermal performance and solar control, while filling interior spaces with natural light. On the facade, uniquely sculpted aluminum external sunshades further reduce direct solar radiation, while acting as light shelves to bring indirect sunlight into the apartment units. Custom balconies lend the facade a sculptural aesthetic and also help to shade the building. Sky and roof terraces are more than amenities for penthouse residents; they reduce the heat island effect and help manage stormwater.