ION Orchard and The Orchard ResidencesEdit profile
ION Orchard (Chinese: 乌节弯), formerly known as the Orchard Turn Development or Orchard Turn Site, is a shopping mall by Orchard Turn Developments Pte Ltd , a joint venture between CapitaLand and Sun Hung Kai Properties, and started operating on 21 July 2009.The Orchard Residences, a high-rise residential condominium, will also be built together with the shopping mall under the same developer, manager and owner, and is expected to be completed by late 2009. Orchard Turn Developments Pte Ltd only have a 99-year leasehold with effect from 13 March 2006.
Located along the prime shopping district of Singapore, Orchard Road, The Orchard Residences will be the tallest building along the shopping district, standing at 218 metres. This residential building will have a total of 175 residential units from the ninth floor to the 54th floor once completed, four of which are penthouses. During the first phase of the sale of 98 units, the units were sold for an average of S$3213 per sq ft. Orchard Road's newest shopping mall, ION Orchard, has 335 food and retail outlets.History
The Orchard Turn Development, now known as The Orchard Residences and ION Orchard after its official names were revealed on 5 February 2007 and 16 July 2007 respectively, was built on the site of the former park located directly above Orchard MRT Station. The MRT Station's Exit C was closed and demolished on 15 January 2008 to make way for the ION Orchard development. A replacement for the exit, Exit E, was opened on the same day.
ION Orchard has 941,700 square feet (87,490 m2) of gross floor area and 663,000 square feet (61,600 m2) of retail space, larger than Ngee Ann City, but smaller than Suntec City Mall and VivoCity, the largest shopping mall in Singapore. Designed by Benoy, the Orchard Turn Development has won two EG Retail and Future Project Awards, the Best Architectural Entry and the Best Retail Development over 20,000 m², at MAPIC 2006 held in Cannes, France, in November 2006.Facilities
Layered across the walls of ION Orchard, the Media Facade is a multi-sensory canvas media wall made with cutting-edge technology.
ION Orchard will also have the largest sheltered public square along Orchard Road, ION2. It will span over 33,000 sq ft (3,100 m2) wide and are able to set up any large-scale events. Everyday, over 220,000 pedestrians will be within its vicinity.
A 5,600 sq ft (520 m2) art and exhibition gallery will also be located on the fourth floor of the shopping mall. Called ION Art, it will perfectly combines art and commerce, being a significant contributor in the local and international 'artscapes'. An art and design programme will also be implemented which introduce new and multimedia art into the mall experience, promoting the best of Asian modern and contemporary art and design from established and emerging artists and designers. Under this programme, permanent and changing sculptures and media installations will be located throughout the mall with art exhibition held throughout the year within the ION Art Gallery and other location in the mall.
The development's observation deck, ION Sky, is located on the 55th and 56th floor of the building. With the high of 218 m above ground, it offers a panoramic view of the city. It will also have a 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2) garden on its 9th floor, together with two club facilities on its 9th and 30th floors.
ION Food Hall, located on Basement 4, will have the largest variety of food available in one location.
The mall will also have two subway entrances on Level 1 connecting to ION2 via Orchard MRT Station. The first entrance, Exit E (facing Wheelock Place), was opened on the morning of 15 January 2008, the same day when the station's Exit C (facing Wisma Atria) was closed and slated to be demolished. Mounted on Exit E's wall were more than 90 metres of LED walls, that can be programmed with different colours and patterns on its light displays to create a certain mood, even for festive occasions. It can also be used for advertising or as an art gallery from time to time. A newly-built Exit C will become its second subway entrance once it opens in late 2008.
The mall will also have a new walkway leading from Orchard Boulevard to Orchard MRT Station. Called the Orchard Boulevard Entrance, the first LED-lit subway entrance was opened on 10 June 2008 at Orchard MRT Station, with the help of the Land Transport Authority and SMRT on the planning of the walkway. Synchronized with ION Orchard's facade and canopy, the walkway will have LED panels, creating a surround experience for commuters, and a fritted glass-and-steel canopy roof, allowing natural light to filter through. The walkway will also have easy access to the basement and ground levels of the mall from the subway station's concourse level. Another walkway connecting the subway station to Wheelock Place will be opened to the public at a later date.
The mall will also have a car park with approximately 650 parking spots (including handicap parking), between the fourth and the eighth floors. Its over 100 media screens both inside and outside the shopping mall, including those above restroom urinals, will be managed by MediaCorp.Tenants
With a lettable area of almost 660 000 sq ft, 400 retail outlets are expected to be open in ION Orchard, with 60% of the retail space being lease to flagships, new-to-market and new concept stores. Over 90% of the mall have currently been leased with the rest of the retail space still under negotiations. To date, there are 15 flagship stores, 9 of which are duplex flagship stores, including Topman Topshop, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and Cartier. These flagship stores will take up a total of almost 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) of lettable area, or 30% of the retail area.
There are also 23 confirmed new-to-market brands and first time stand-alone stores. Four multi-label stores and several new-to-market food and dining propositions have also been confirmed, along with established food operators. There will also be a food court present at ION Orchard. A Hong Kong supermarket chain, ThreeSixty, will be making its debut in Singapore.
More than 21% of the lettable area have been used for dining purposes, with 60 out of the 125 dining outlets will be new-to-market or new concepts. There will be 28 restaurants and cafes, with a largest cluster at level 4 for fine dining and for casual dining on levels 2 and 3. Dunkin Donuts will return to Singapore with an outlet in ION Orchard. A reputable top day spa Estheva Spa will be another tenant to move into Ion Orchard.
Singapore Airlines City Ticketing Office moved to ION Orchard on 24 July 2009. This is a shift from its original location at The Paragon and the interim location at the Atrium@Orchard.Notes and references