Nobuo Iwashita, director of design, Kajima Development.
Over 600 premium residences integrated with a mall, with the convenience of public transport literally at the doorstep – that describes The Woodleigh Residences, but this is no ordinary condominium project.
A joint venture between Japanese property developer Kajima Development and Singapore Press Holdings, the residences and the mall will be the first private residentialcum-retail project in the new Bidadari estate. Sprawled over a land area of 25,400 sqm, they will welcome residents and shoppers in the later part of 2022 with an abundance of greenery, complete with the Alkaff Lake.
Located at the junction of Upper Serangoon and Upper Aljunied Road, the “heartbeat” of the Bidadari Estate Master Plan will also have a 6,000 sqm community club, and a H&D exclusive neighbourhood police centre.
“The Bidadari Park is a main feature of this entire Woodleigh development, so what guides us in the design process is how to ‘bring in’ elements of the park and surrounding greenery into the development,” says Nobuo Iwashita, director of design at Kajima Development.
Ranging from two- to four-bedroom apartments, The Woodleigh Residences isn’t just about modern condo living – the design is a subtle showcase of Japanese influences and craftsmanship, blending thoughtfulness and refined taste in the interior layout.
“Living spaces are shrinking in modern Singaporean living, so maximising space efficiency is one of the most challenging tasks for this project,” he says. “And to tackle this, we created a flexible living space where walls can be taken down to make room.”
Storage space is also a priority in the design process – it is subtly built into the kitchen skirting, behind bathroom mirrors, and beneath the sink, for example. “It’s all about clever and efficient ways of maximising space, creating extra room for storage in unexpected areas,” adds Nobuo.
Another unique feature of the home is the raising of the deck at the balcony to the same level as the living-room floor. The flush flooring means more fluidity between the living room and balcony area, with the entire space opening out to picturesque views of the lake and park.
Even the condominium’s main function room has a good view of the greenery. “Bringing the outdoors into the living spaces forms a crucial aspect of the design,” enthuses Nobuo.
The innovative landscaping does away with predictable Japanese influences, such as a zen garden, and attracts potential buyers, instead, with an onsen-style pool. With such attention poured into ensuring the details of the design and architecture come together, it is a development worth investing and living in.
For more information on The Woodleigh Residences, visit the show gallery beside NEX shopping mall (Serangoon link), call 6203-0088 or visit www.thewoodleighresidences.com.
text Jacqueline Tan