Parking has increasingly become an issue in large cities especially fast growing cities like Singapore, causing a lot of time wastage for busy professionals. The Hamilton Scotts apartment offers an innovative solution to counteract this problem -The En-Suite Sky Garages at the Hamilton Scott luxury private residence solves this issue by placing a garage directly into the living room. But it’s not just any garage. Since these luxury sweets are perched high in the sky, a special car elevator with moving treadmill and rotating floors must be used. The whole system is encrypted and protected using a fingerprint scanner, virtually automating the retrieval process and ensuring that the owner gets the correct car. Course, since there appears to be just one car elevator and 56 apartments, you might find yourself waiting inline in the morning.
The new 30-storey Hamilton Scotts building is located in the ritzy Orchard Road area. The owner must drive the car into a garage and on to a turnstile, and then hop out and scan a fingerprint on a biometric scanner, which will use a computer system to send the car to the correct apartment.
The residences in the complex cost $S9.8 million (about $7.5 million USD) and come with two parking spots. The $S30 million (about $24 million USD) penthouse residences have four parking spaces.
KOP Properties in Singapore is behind the development, and chief executive Leny Suparman said the homes would appeal to a very well-off and particular type of buyer.
“These buyers are very discerning. They’ve seen a lot, so they’re very exposed in the world, so they are looking for something that’s unique and different,” Mr Suparman said.
He said the parking space wasn’t just a garage. “It’s done in such a way that it’s a museum showcase; it’s not just a car park.”
Despite exorbitant taxes on imported cars – including a 41 per cent customs duty and 150 per cent registration fee, both based on the value of the car – Singaporeans buy more Lamborghinis and Ferraris per capita than almost any other nation (Hong Kong is equal).