Many projects have been developed from the least expected of places. One such project is One Surin which has strata landed houses and is on a site that was formerly a crocodile farm. The housing project that was redeveloped from two adjoining sites at 709 Upper Serangoon and 1 Surin Road is on a site that previously belonged to Tan Gna Chua a famous crocodile skin trader who owned the crocodile farm.
The crocodile farm had operated for over 67 years before it closed shop back in 2012, after which it was zoned for mixed-land housing under the Master Plan of 2008.
July of 2012, the two adjoining sites with a total area of 42,851 sq ft were put on sale via a tendering process which was duly conducted but Colliers International. Three companies namely Nobel Design Holdings, ACT holdings, and Pinnacle Asset Management partnered and bought the site at a price of $37.5 million or $875 psf, and an additional development charge of $6.1 million.
The One Surin design was done by A_Collective Architects whose principal architect is Mr. Lim Eng Kwee. The Architect’s office has been located near the crocodile farm all that long but Lim only came to realize about it from the developers.
“A crocodile farm evokes the sense of adventure to many people. Once you are in that environment then and only then will you realize that you are in a totally different world. That was what we wanted to capture and retain when doing this project,” said Mr. Lim
Mr. Lim had thought of incorporating the crocodile sculptures at the development but it felt out of place and instead opted for a rustic resort-like look from natural materials and texture. The result is the One Surin development a magnificent and breathtaking residential complex.
The architects had to overcome a few hurdles mostly due to the bad terrain and the shape of the site. They overcome the terrain problem by creating a series of terraces around the development. As a result, the project’s central feature is terraces with cascading water that merge with infinity pool, swimming pool and wading pool.
One Surin has 27 units which are all three-level houses with a rooftop terrace and a basement section. Interior wise, the units have four bedrooms and a home lift at an area of between 3,789 to 4,166 square feet. Corridors were minimized for efficient use of space.
“The units have unique outdoors, some have private courtyards, while others feature private enclosed spaces with a spa pool linked to main pool. This provides options for the homebuyers,” said Mr. Lim.
The One Surin is planned for completion by the end of the year upon when it will be re-launched.
“The project will truly be notable in the neighborhood,” said Mr. Lim.
If you are keen to read on more landed properties, you may visit Terra Villas at District 14 Jalan Sayang, Whitley Residences at District 11 as well as Morris Residences; another development in Paya Lebar Crescent.