iLiv@Grange, a 16-story residential, is placed between two other higher towers. The site itself was highly constrained due to the proximity and height of the neighbouring buildings, throwing up the challenge of designing a project with a character that would stand out but not aggressively demand attention.
The structure, shaped like the female human form, think Matisse’s ‘Blue Nude,’ results in two intersecting elliptical fuses, an intriguing visual conundrum. Its highly sensual, volumetric, and curvilinear exterior does not just complement the interiors as required by the brief but also serves to neutralise the building’s scale disadvantage vis-à-vis its neighbours.
The curvilinear feature, enhanced by horizontal and vertical elements, generates variety and texture, giving the complex a powerful sculptural presence. Its voluptuous image, accentuated by curved ribs, leads the eye upwards to the gently folding conclusion above the roofline. In counterpoint with these vertiginous ribs is a horizontal lattice of brown louvers providing privacy and sun screening and accentuating the distinctive nature of the building by creating a sense of unity to the facade.
Bio MERCURIO DESIGN LAB S.r.l. (MDL) is an award-winning Italian design studio that creates avant-garde concepts inspired by the vibrancy of Asia. Since its inception, MDL has been a place for creative ideas and thoughts, with a high energy to generate architecturally meaningful works. The team is composed of passionate architects, engineers, designers and artists who integrate art with technology in their design process, while respecting the three fundamental criteria: the functional, the aesthetic and the social.