Q & Awith Jui Siang
What is your approach towards the Midtown Modern landscape design?
We took a biophilic approach in seeking to maximise residents’ connection to nature as much as possible. The result is a naturalistic and organic landscape that invites nature back into the city centre, after many years of minimal green spaces in this neighbourhood where shophouse developments prevailed.
How do you foresee the landscaping playing a part in contributing to residents’ sense of wellness?
By crafting a botanic resort of varying textures and terrains, it is our hope that people slow down to savour their experience of the landscape. Rustic gravel paths and boardwalks conjure a sense of journeying through the countryside.
With amenities deliberately woven in amongst the creeks and woods, we create moments for residents to let nature into their lives, and in doing so, allow wellness to emerge at the forefront of their experience.
Given the large amount of greenery at the Garden Deck, how did Ortus shape the experience so that it is a meaningful one?
We used the concept of seasons to differentiate zones in the Garden Deck. One would find flowering plants and trees in the Spring and Summer Woods, while the Autumn Wood features plant varietals that have orangey-red hues. Naturalistic landscape features such as creeks and pools surprise at every turn, creating moments of joy, excitement, interest, adventure and relaxation.
The landscape for the rooftop seems quite distinct from the comparatively more verdant Green Deck. Tell us more about it.
The Midtown Modern rooftops borrow from landscape elements of karstic mountain peaks, which are more minimalist in nature. Here, low-lying rockscapes are set against panoramic views of the city. Residents can catch a moment of Zen amidst the stark poetry of rock forms.
From ground level to rooftop, the Midtown Modern landscaping draws from an unusually wide variety of natural landscapes. Why is that so?
Taking inspiration from countryside resort villas, these transitions in scenery provide both interest and drama as one moves through the residence. At ground level, the high ceilings and lighting are grotto-like, while the third-storey Garden Deck is a lush forest. One ascends through these spaces to arrive at the mountain summit of the rooftops.
What are some unique features of the Midtown Modern landscaping that set it apart from other condominium developments?
Midtown Modern’s landscaping takes a bold approach towards inviting nature into the city. Deviating from the trimmed, manicured approach that most residential developments take, we favour an expression of nature that is wilder, freer, and more authentic. The dense canopy of trees at the Green Deck is one major example of this – even at the lap pool, trees are planted close to the pool’s edge such that sunlight filters through the canopy of the trees overhead and gives the sense that one is ensconced in greenery on every inch of the land.