5 interesting facts about The Pinnacle@Duxton

The Pinnacle@Duxton illuminated at night -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The Pinnacle@Duxton illuminated at night -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Come December this year, residents at The Pinnacle@Duxton will be able to place their flats on the resale property market, having fulfilled the minimum occupation period of five years.

Market observers expect the flats to attract much interest.

A four-room unit, granted an early resale waiver from the Housing Board, has received more than 50 viewings after a mere month in the market, and also fetched a top bid of $830,000, according to Mr Bruce Ang, who is one of the two property agents managing the unit's sale.

Besides the game-changing potential of the iconic public housing project in the resale market, here are five other interesting facts about the architectural landmark.

1. It is built on historic ground

Located at Duxton Plain, The Pinnacle@Duxton is built on a 2.5ha site where the first two blocks of public housing in Tanjong Pagar - among the oldest public housing estates in Singapore - originally stood.

The housing project's story began in 2001, when the Urban Redevelopment Authority organised an International Architectural Design Competition to find a design worthy of being erected on the site.

The winner, local firm ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism, worked with RSP Architects Planners and Engineers to produce it.

2. It is a public housing project of firsts

The Pinnacle@Duxton is the first 50-storey public housing project in Singapore, and also the first one in the world to have two sky bridges linking the seven towers that it comprises of.

Its design was considered groundbreaking in the field of public housing.

3. It is an multi-award-winning construction

The Pinnacle@Duxton was the recipient of two design awards in 2010. 

The first was the prestigious Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a US-based international authority on tall buildings and urban design.

The second was the President's Design Award - Design Of The Year.

4. It has the world's longest sky gardens

Spanning 500m each, the sky gardens are located at the 26th and 50th floor of the building respectively, offering panoramic views of the cityscape.

The one on the 26th floor is exclusive to residents, but its counterpart is accessible to the public on most days from 9am to 10pm.

5. Its flats can be customised

A cool feature of The Pinnacle@Duxton's flats is that the walls within it are made of lightweight concrete. This allows residents to easily remove and reconfigure them according to space or aesthetic needs.

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