The landscape architects of Gustafson Porter has shared with us their newest project in the center of Singapore's business district: Marina One. The massive mixed-use scheme is said to be "one of the first" to "integrate soft landscape into the fabric of the building," carving a public "Green Heart" in between the development's four towers - two residential and two commercial high-rises designed by Ingenhoven Architects and A61.
"The ‘Green Heart’ at the center of the Marina South towers evokes a rice paddy field, terraced into steep hillsides and made arable for the cultivation of rice, an essential crop of the East Asia," says Gustafson Porter. "Visitors and inhabitants ascend skywards from the Green Heart into Strata Terraces, a Cloud Garden, Green Screens and Rooftop Gardens that allude to the changing environments and habitats that one might experience whilst climbing a mountain."
"The public enter from the commercial promenade into the lush vegetation of the Green Heart. At ground level in the center of the Green Heart, water descends from above in vertical columns of light that fall into a large reflecting pool, before disappearing underground," added the firm.
"A shallow ramp creates both a visual and physical connection between the shopping centre’s most important levels. It rises through the abundant vegetation surrounding the pool and then passes over the pool between columns of water as it connects to the first Strata Terrace. On special occasions, people can gather on each terrace around the pool’s perimeter to enjoy the performance held at the heart of the space.
"In the Cloud Garden, one can escape the activity and movement of people at the base of the Green Heart and find a relaxed setting for daytime and evening socializing.
"At the mountain’s peak are the Green Screens and Rooftop Gardens. Filled with climbing vegetation, they screen service facilities from view and provide habitats for insects and birds."
The entire 3.67 million-square-foot development is expected to complete in Marina Bay by 2017, near Moshe Safdie's famed Marina Bay Sands project. It will include two 34-story residential towers, comprised of 1042 luxury units, and two 30-story commercial towers set on a podium of landscaped shopping and leisure areas. It is set to achieve Green Mark Platinum Rating.
Landscape ArchitectGustafson Porter LLP, ICN Design
Residential Interior DesignerAxis ID
Structural and M&E EngineersBeca Carter Hollings & Ferner
Quantity SurveyorLangdon & Seah
Facade and Lighting ConsultantArup
Piling ContractorSambo E&C
ECP Diversion ContractorHexagroup
PhotographsM+S Pte. Ltd, Ingenhoven Architects, Gustafson Porter