A ‘green’ edifice
Jardin, or simply “garden” in French, stands as a medium-rise condominium along the end of Dunearn Road before the Bukit Timah circus. Carved deeply into its front façade are wide “sky-garden” terraces, brimming with greenery at multiple levels held up by vine-covered pilotis. This harks back to the Corbusian precept of returning the land; or in this instance, gardens – of which the building has robbed to its upper reaches. In this light, Jardin is a celebration of the notion of living within a garden where architecture and landscape fuse inextricably to emerge as a ‘green’ edifice. Here, residents are offered a unique living environment coupled with a certain je ne sais quoi of a tastefully elegant lifestyle.
The experience of Jardin’s landscaped setting really begins from its frontal presence. Located at ground level along Dunearn Road, the building is raised on a berm with dramatically aligned, glaucous hedgerows of Leucophyllum fructescens that draw the eye upwards to the building. This is similarly accentuated by rows of Terminalia mollis trees that march up alongside the hedgerows. In all, this alludes to the bucolic landscapes of Provence with its lavender fields and wind-breaks. The berm also serves to conceal the entry driveway behind whilst elevating for privacy and filtering the immediate living spaces above the noise, dust and view of the heavy traffic along the main road.
At the topmost Roof Terrace, a ‘Garden of Pleasures’ awaits. Dramatic infinity pools stretch the length of the block with spa pavilions at one end and club amenities at the other. Its aesthetics and sense of luscious luxury are further accentuated by carefully selected and landscaped greens. Here, the Japanese notion of Shakkei or ‘borrowed scenery’ is employed. Where the linearity of its architecture and landscaping effectively capture the panoramic rainforest skyline of distant Bukit Timah, it also contributes to an almost mystical conjuring of Paradise. Here, on misty evenings, the pool-scape becomes almost ethereal.
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