At the core of this philosophy — and it’s a concept that will resonate with readers of this magazine — is the notion
that the effects of time on a material should enhance and enliven it, rather than deplete it. “One of the main
ingredients we have here are the plants, and the older they get the more life and the more changes and vitality
they’re going to give the project,”says Heatherwick. The floors are thick oak with natural vibrant colouring, and
over time they’ll wear and express more. The doors are carved walnut, which will also age over time — the more
people interact it, the more it’ll polish on the edges and surfaces.
Astute observers will also note that EDEN looks ‘in situ’ not just in terms of biology but topography, too. “Concrete
can look monolithic, but we wanted to humanise the façade with something that would be unique to this building,”
says Heatherwick. “The design team took the natural contours of Singapore’s terrain and abstracted it to create a
topographical texture.” To create a perfect, natural-looking hue for the building, more than 100 deep red, purple
and brown shades were tested under Singapore’s abundant and intense sunlight. “I love buildings that keep revealing
details to you the more you look at them,” says Heatherwick. The importance of family in Asian culture is well
renowned, and even this has been taken into account by a team meticulous in their quest to create a building that
belongs where it is. “One of the things that we found was often missing in the apartments we saw when we were first
commissioned by Swire Properties was efficient use of space focusing on ‘a sense of togetherness’,” Heatherwick
says. “So here, when you come out of the private lift, you come through the lobby and out into the main space and
the view opens up to you, and there’s a space that wraps around entrants; then the different rooms spring off that,
and wrap around these gardens in the middle that act like courtyards, and have these amazing tropical plants. It’s a
spiritual heart to the apartments.”
The goal with EDEN, says Heatherwick, was to marry the benefits of a house with a garden with those of an apartment.
In most houses in this part of the world everyone’s just surrounded by air conditioning. Here, you’re surrounded by
doors you can open because you’re at this altitude, and the cross-ventilation is amazing. So there’s a real
potential for at least part of your everyday to be spent in a greater state of harmony with nature. Indeed, even
EDEN’s swimming pools are inspired by natural lakes, offering residents exceptional natural living.
EDEN residents will get to take advantage of these considerable modern-day benefits surrounded by soul- enriching
reminders of the silent wilderness — replete with restorative nature — that this roaring Asian Tiger has been for
all but a miniscule fraction of its existence.
Visit eden.sg to find out more about the unparalleled
lifestyle afforded by this unique building. For further information and viewing arrangements, please contact Swire
Properties on Singapore (65) 9093 3628 or Hong Kong (852) 2922 4888, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.