Martin No. 38 is located in a former warehouse district close to the Singapore River. The building takes inspiration from the history of the site. It exudes a quiet presence in its raw yet refined and elegant form.
Structure is used to create architecture for delightful spatial experiences. A crafted sequence of spaces together with precise and consistent detailing allows flexibility in living spaces. The design encourages residents to inhabit the space according to their lifestyles, whilst maintaining its coherent architectural integrity. On the roof level of a lower block, communal facilities such as a gymnasium, sky terrace and swimming pool encourage residents to interact. A restaurant on the ground level establishes connectivity with the pedestrian on the street, drawing the public in to a private realm. The design mediates in a clear and sensitive way, the transition between the house and the city, and establishes connectivity between private and public spaces.
Passive design strategies have been cleverly employed to reduce the energy consumption in the building. Orientated to the south, daylight enters deep into the building, reducing the need for artificial lighting. Operable aluminium sun louvres ensure cross-ventilation in all units, keeping internal spaces comfortable and cool. The exposed off-form concrete wall and ceiling with integrated services skilfully complement the simplicity and elegance of the façade.
The Jury is impressed with the masterful execution of structure and elements that results in spaces of pure beauty. Martin No. 38 marks a milestone in the creation of disciplined, exceptional residential design in the urban context.
TANG GUAN BEE
In recent years, minimalist glass towers have become the preferred type of design for residences in urban Singapore. Martin No. 38 reminds me that there are architects who still dare break the inertia.
The architects at Kerry Hill have given us a new and fresh non-gated residential typology. It is not often that a building can do that. Martin No. 38 is bold in structure and design. Made of concrete, glass, steel and aluminium, the design reflects the industrial past and pays homage to the historical warehouse/industrial site while exuding an urban-chic vibe.
The building does the site justice with its masculine structure of natural anodized aluminium-coloured louvers that act as light filters as well as sound barriers making it an ever-changing façade. Lofty interior architecture spaces differentiate it from mere pretty interiors.