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Engineering innovation in the heart of Singapore


The team at Web Structures has worked with acclaimed architectural practice UN Studio to create an exclusive $80 million residential development in the heart of Singapore.

The distinctive 36-storey Ardmore Residence, near Orchard Road, was designed by Ben van Berkel, founder of the Dutch-based architectural practice which is behind iconic buildings and urban development across the globe.

Web Structures brought its concept of “Fusion Engineering” to the project to construct one of the most exclusive and sought-after addresses in Singapore.

The Web Structures team in Singapore developed a new, innovative inter-locking system to create cantilevered shear walls staggered across the height of the tower to produce the distinctive folding and interlocking look designed by UN Studio.

Dr Hossein Rezai, group director of Web Structures, explains: “This was a project that posed a number of structural engineering challenges. The structure above the transfer level of the building is made up of an interesting inter-locking system.

“Single storey shear walls cantilever from the inner core walls and support one floor above and one floor below at the same time.

“The system used to create this folding and interlocking effect is an innovative one which was developed by Web Structures for the specific design of this project.”

The finished building designed by UN Studios is now one of the most distinctive addresses in Singapore.

The Ardmore Residence development has been built using reinforced concrete and it involved a substantial amount of prefabrication work.

The design of the structural frame of the Pontiac Land Group development, which is on a prime residential site in Singapore, meant it was reduced to four mega columns at its base, with a transfer level at seventh storey height. Construction took three years from start to finish, with Web Structures’ structural and design engineers involved in the project from concept stage to completion. Apartments in the development are now on the market.

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