SINGAPORE (Mar 12): A decade after its last peak, en bloc fever has struck the prestigious Orchard Boulevard neighbourhood once again. Orchard Bel-Air is preparing for its collective sale debut and Park House is just a few signatures short of the requisite 80% for its collective sale.

Despite its age relative to the other luxury condominiums in the prestigious Orchard Boulevard neighbourhood, such as The Orchard Residences, Tomlinson Heights and 3 Orchard by-the-Park, the 34-year-old Orchard Bel-Air remains a landmark today. Developed by UOL Group (formerly United Overseas Land) and designed by established home-grown architectural firm Architects 61, Orchard Bel-Air is a trefoil-shaped 25-storey tower clad in dark-brown ceramic tiles.

Orchard Bel-Air is one of the few representatives of the vernacular architecture popular in the mid-1970s and 1980s that has stood the test of time. The others were demolished following the last en bloc frenzy more than a decade ago: the former The Parisian (now TwentyOne Angullia Park), Futura (now New Futura) and Westwood Apartments (now 3 Orchard By-the-Park). With en bloc fever raging again, Orchard Bel-Air could well be the next to go.

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