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AD Classics: The Colonnade Condominiums / Paul Rudolph

AD Classics: The Colonnade Condominiums / Paul Rudolph
AD Classics: The Colonnade Condominiums / Paul Rudolph

AD Classics: The Colonnade Condominiums / Paul Rudolph © De Alba © De Alba © De Alba +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Architect

    Paul Rudolph
  • References

    Roberto De Alba
  • Project Year

    1980
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From the architect. Initially intending to design a housing structure as a set of prefabricated units hoisted onto a structural frame, the ideas and visual intricacies of Paul Rudolph's Colonnade Condominiums were developments of the previously designed but unbuilt Graphic Arts Center of Manhattan.

Rudolph referred to these replicable units as the "twentieth-century brick," a means of construction that would seemingly make construction of large scale buildings more feasible. However, as Rudolph came to find upon the time of construction, technical and financial reasons expelled the possibility of the prefabricated units. 

© De Alba
© De Alba

Instead, the Colonnade was built of pour-in-place concrete, which still successfully conveyed the appearance of his initial design goals.

His intentions of designing prefabricated parts were to fuse flexibility of spaces with a standardized structural system and parts. What became very important in the Colonnade Condominiums was the particular attention paid to the climate and environment of Singapore; the abundance of sunlight was crucial in the layouts of spaces in the units.

© De Alba
© De Alba

The climate of Singapore sustains the most beautiful landscapes and greenery, thus the views from the large windows are some of the most beautiful in the world. The locations of bedrooms and more private spaces are shielded from the sun by the glazed windows.

© De Alba
© De Alba

The massive structure's floor plan is divided into four rectangular quadrants, each bound by substantial room for vertical and horizontal circulation. Movement under the tower is encouraged, as the units are lifted off of the ground on a series of columns, which are lined in two closely-spaced rows, hence the name of the condominiums.

© De Alba
© De Alba

These columns lift the bases of the four quadrants at different heights; shifting floor planes are a common theme within the works of Paul Rudolph. Each unit is two stories high, with an open living and dining area, a large kitchen, and a balcony. 

© De Alba
© De Alba

The first floor features a guest room and bathroom, and the second floor houses two larger bedrooms. The precedent of this layout is Le Corbusier's Pavilion de I'Espirit Nouveau; the staggering of vertical heights and the lofting of bedrooms over the public areas create wonderful views and gathering spaces down below.

© De Alba
© De Alba
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Megan Sveiven. "AD Classics: The Colonnade Condominiums / Paul Rudolph" 19 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/90352/ad-classics-the-colonnade-condominiums-paul-rudolph/>
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shaw · November 23, 2010

I don't agree most of your opinions. first of all, there doesn't seems to be bright in the each room. although SG is very hot which means the shadow is very important, it is still humid which means the room with sunlight will be the disaster!second point, the ugly facade doesn't save energy in SG, this shape means much more concrete and much more aircon. and also this building give me feeling which is about no organized, grim, no-love and also ugly.

PanamArq · November 23, 2010 11:28 PM

shaw, I think that more plans would help because they would show the outside living areas. This is ideal for the climate in Singapore because it provides shade and more openings in the facade.....which means less AC and more outdoor living :-)

Jonathan Hanahan · November 23, 2010

oh that rudolph.... the patron saint of o,u... He kind of knew what he was talking about. http://bit.ly/bkvaut

R Goldschmidt · November 22, 2010

I like the rithm of this building, the volume rithm but also and windows. Nice proportion. But oneather thing that I really like are the drawings of thid project. I better love to see drawings than renderings, who in my opinion are to commercial.

Mac · November 22, 2010

What, no renders ;-)

Rene Peralta · November 22, 2010

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Very inspiring!

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Aixa Daza · November 20, 2010

Interesting! The practicality between prefabricated and pour-in-place is still a big dilemma.

tDA · November 20, 2010

Beautiful building! Especially considering the decade it was built and the rubbish that would have been normally built at that time. Unfortunate that the pre-fab elements didn't work out.
Does remind me a bit of Habitat by Moshe Safdie, but it's by no means a knock-off.
Can you give us more detailed pics, AD?

adam · November 20, 2010

Just waiting for the standard idiotic, "that looks like a copy of a BIG project".

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munter roe · November 20, 2010

Breath taking. Would love a walk around this place.

Complexity with rigid underlying structure.

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nicholas burns · November 20, 2010

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Wesley Fonseca · August 20, 2015 11:51 AM

Hi Nicholas! I'm studying this building at my university, but I'm not finding materials enough to understand this work. I would appreciate if you could help me.

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