16 Mar '18, 9am

@AudiKhalid Both in the brutalist style. PBA's interlocking split-levels actually quite interesting, no?

@AudiKhalid Both in the brutalist style. PBA's interlocking split-levels actually quite interesting, no?

Pearl Bank’s unique horseshoe shape was grounded in Tan’s search for efficiency. Unlike a conventional point or slab block, this shape was economical in terms of materials used, offering the smallest wall-to-floor ratio. 3 The opening of the building’s 270-degree sector shape – imagine the letter ‘C’– also faces west to allow for ventilation and minimise the sunset glare into its bedrooms and living rooms located on the outer rim. To fit in the maximum number of apartments yet ensure its estimated 1,500 residents could live comfortably inside, Tan devised an interlocking split design to divide the single block into 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom split-level apartments. These 288 units were generously spread eight apiece across each floor, which made it necessary for Pearl Bank to scale new heights – a groundbreaking example of high-rise, high-density living in a city where hitherto ...

Full article: http://www.nlb.gov.sg/biblioasia/2016/09/03/saving-pearl-...

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