ION Orchard - Singapore
ION Orchard, 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 335 food and retail outlets. The Orchard Residences, a high-rise residential condominium, was completed in with the shopping mall under the same developer, manager and owner in 2010. Orchard Turn Developments Pte Ltd only have a 99-year leasehold with effect from 13 March 2006.
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.