Architect – Christoph Ingenhoven
“Marina One”, a high-density, mixed-use building complex in the heart of Singapore’s new Marina Bay financial district, complements the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) vision of making Singapore a “City in a Garden”. Singapore´s new Landmark has recently topped out and will be completed at the beginning of 2017. The high-density, mixed-use building complex is green in both a literal and performative sense. Flanked by two large urban parks, it comprises two office towers, two residential towers and a retail podium set around lush greenery. While the outer face of the four towers strictly follows the city grid, the maximised inner space is a free-formed three-dimensional biodiversity garden. This “Grean Heart” will be the largest public Plaza in the Central Business District. Openings between the high-rises, sky gardens in-between the podium, the elevated towers, as well as the shape itself, improve the air flow and create a comfortable microclimate within the multiple levels of the central garden that covers up to 125% of the site area.
Due to ingenhoven architects´ integral concept of supergreen®, a comprehensive and ambitious architectural approach, Marina One aims to regreen the city. Its office towers meet the “LEED Platinum Pre-certification” and the local “Green Mark Platinum” standards for their sustainable design. The 30-storey towers, each with a floor area of 175,000 sq m, feature two sky gardens and two high-density floors on levels 28 and 29. The high-density floors will be the largest “Grade-A” office floors in Singapore. The luxurious “Marina One Residences” are housed in the two 34-storey towers with 1,042 city residences ranged in size from one to four bedroom units and penthouses. The building footprint is penetrated by air wells and slots to ensure natural ventilation for all of the units, thus meeting the stringent green mark platinum criteria.
In addition to a compact and efficient building layout, the environmentally-smart design also features energy-saving ventilation systems, a highly effective external sun-shading system and high performance glazing to reduce direct solar radiation into the building. NEWater (centrally provided recycled water) for toilet flushing and a rainwater harvesting system reduce water consumption. PV cells make use of the sun’s energy. Furthermore, the direct connection to four out of the six Singaporean MRT lines and bus stations as well as the provision of bicycle parking spaces and e-car loading lots significantly reduce emissions caused by individual traffic.
A variety of restaurants and cafes, a fitness club, a food court, a large supermarket and event spaces are located on the different public terraces, not only providing all the local resources and services required to serve the residents, office workers and visitors, but also creating a vibrant public destination. This multiple level green heart will be a civic sanctuary larger than any existing public plaza in the CBD of Singapore.
Landscape Architect – Gustafson Porter
This prestigious mixed-use development at the centre of Singapore’s business district aims to become its signature real estate development. Its brief is to define new standards of luxury urban living and to create an international benchmark for design and sustainability excellence.
Marina One’s is one of the first developments of its type to integrate soft landscape into the fabric of the building. Called ‘The Green Heart’, Marina One’s elevated public garden sits between its four high-rise towers, creating a seamless transition between a sculptural, planted landscape and architecture.
The vertical garden is designed with lower and mid-level ‘sky terraces’ offering lush vegetation, spectacular waterfalls and calm reflecting pools. The planting is designed to create inspiring and multi-functional urban spaces to be enjoyed by all in Singapore.
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