SC Global’s development is conferred ‘Best Housing Project’ at The World Architecture Festival, the world’s biggest architecture award
SC Global Developments’ loft inspired development Martin No.38 was awarded “Best Housing Project (Completed Developments)” last Friday evening at the prestigious ‘World Architecture Festival’ held at Marina Bay Sands, in Singapore. Now in its fifth year, the ‘World Architecture Festival’ is the world’s largest festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe. The winners were selected from over 300 shortlisted entries in the sections of completed buildings, landscape and future projects, with separate categories for civic & community, culture, display, health, higher education/research, house, housing, hotel, office, old & new, schools, office, production/energy, shops, shopping centres, sport, transport and villa.
Martin No.38 won the coveted accolade of ‘Best Housing Project’ over 15 other housing developments from around the world including 4 other residential projects in Singapore. The festival’s 75-strong judging panel was led by celebrated international architects Ben van Berkel, Moshe Safdie, Mok Wei Wei, J. Mayer H. and Yvonne Farrell.
Designed by Kerry Hill Architects, the industrial aestheticism of Martin No. 38 was inspired by the warehouse lofts of Lower Manhattan in New York and combines an urban architecture of raw concrete and base metal finishes celebrating the rich textures and unadorned beauty of materials in their natural form. Martin No.38’s original architectural design, with its meticulous detailing standards and unconventional take on luxury within a contemporary environment has evoked much interest within the international architectural and design community since its completion earlier this year. In their citation, the festival judges commented “Martin No.38’s planning stems from its location and climactic concerns in a disciplined, simple and logical way. Its materials are simple yet refined, and seamlessly integrate. The architecture of the building has a remarkable clarity that is able to react to the changing nature of day and night, contributing to Singapore’s architectural heritage.”
This is the second major accolade received by Martin No.38 this year; in June 2012, the development was awarded both the prestigious ‘Building of the Year Award’ and the top Design Award within the residential category (apartments and condominiums) at the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) Architectural Design Awards 2012. The SIA ‘Building of the Year’ award is the highest accolade conferred by the Institute, awarded across all categories of developments. Martin No.38 has also been nominated for Singapore’s ‘Presidents Design Award 2012’, which is due to be announced later in the year.
“We are all extremely excited to have our development stand on the world stage alongside some of the finest architecture and receive an award of this standing. It is gratifying to see the hard work of our architects, design team and project partners recognised by some of the world’s most celebrated design talents,” said Mr. Simon Cheong, SC Global Chairman and CEO. “It is always a pleasure working together in a creative exchange with Kerry Hill Architects; they are extremely talented and share our constant pursuit for perfection and commitment to design excellence.”
He added, “The various awards conferred on Martin No.38 are further testament to our relentless commitment to creating original lifestyle concepts for our clients. We constantly challenge ourselves to innovate and further improve quality and design – a philosophy that is reflected in our tagline ‘Own the Original’. Our developments have often been referred to as collectibles, each an original in its own right, and hand crafted to ensure the finest quality.”