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Ardmore Residence confirmed as a world top 10 skyscraper

Singapore’s striking Ardmore Residence, created using Web Structures’ pioneering concept of ‘Fusion Engineering’, has been voted onto a prestigious ‘top 10 skyscrapers of the world’ list.

It is one of three Asian buildings named in the high-profile Emporis Skyscraper Award, given out annually by the German-based building data company.

The award is the world's most renowned prize for high-rise architecture and has been presented on an international basis every year since 2000.

The primary criteria in awarding the prize are excellence in aesthetic and functional design. Every year, a jury of experts selects the winner.

Buildings must have a minimum height of 100 meters and have been completed during the previous calendar year. Ardmore Residence was placed at number eight in the top 10, with The Shard in London voted top of this year’s list.

The judges said: “From far away, Ardmore Residence appears to adopt divergent contours when viewed from different perspectives. Moving closely around the building, the various openings in the concrete panels of the facade affect a sense of organic mutation and transition.”

The team at Web Structures worked with acclaimed architectural practice UN Studio to create the 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 expert 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, said: “It is very pleasing to see Ardmore Residence on such a prestigious list of global building projects, which highlights just what a special development this is.

“It is now a truly iconic high-rise development, which has taken its place among the very best anywhere in the world.

“From our point of view 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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