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7 Must-Know Biophilic Buildings
Welcome to the (concrete) jungle, where buildings with biophilic designs take root
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There has been a growing plant-loving trend around the world, and it doesn’t only involve choosing between a String of Pearlsor Monstera to decorate and create your own botanical-themed instagrammable space. We're thinking big. On a much larger scale, entire buildings are also going green. We're talking about entire skyscrapers, massive integrated developments and even hospitality developments.
Being closer to nature and incorporating greenery in your life has a positive impact on your overall well-being, but before you escape to the nearest jungle, how about checking out the green buildings around Singapore? We’ve come to know and love Singapore for its reputation as a city-in-a-garden. In Singapore, even the buildings and attractions are green. When it comes to the world of architecture, the creative blend of steel, glass and grass that can be found in our buildings are truly astounding.
With your well-being in mind, CapitaLand INSIDE showcases seven must-know buildings integrating biophilic design.
Welcome to the other side where the grass is always greener!
1. Reside in the sky
Have you been longing to own a modern high-rise apartment with ample space to grow your own food crops and herbs? Now you can!
A place to call the green grass of home, One Pearl Bank is an upcoming residential development in the prime Outram district with unblocked views of the city skyline.
More importantly for plant-lovers, it features the world’s first vertical sky allotment gardens in a residential development. When completed in 2023, homeowners will have the joy of gardening with fellow neighbours and enjoying the panoramic views from the vertically stacked sky allotments. If you think about it, it’s as close as you can get to living in a Castle in the Sky, an animated film by the famed Studio Ghibli.
As part of its biophilic design, One Pearl Bank also has two sky terraces and two roof gardens, and even a sunken planter in every balcony to maximise the greenery. What’s more, One Pearl Bank is perched atop the verdant Pearl’s Hill with a beautiful public park that’s linked to Fort Canning Park.
🌳🌳🌳 #GreenFunFact One Pearl Bank will have over 500 trees across 35 species and more than 135,000 shrubs, plants and flowers.
Find balance between work, live and play at CapitaSpring, an upcoming 51-storey integrated development right in the heart of the city at Raffles Place. Coming your way in 2H 2021, the skyscraper features office spaces, a serviced residence and loads of food options.
An architectural highlight, CapitaSpring’s Green Oasis is a four-storey high botanical promenade at the heart of the skyscraper - that reconnects nature with the urban city. It is a city-defining architectural feature at a breathtaking 100 metres above ground, housing flex workspaces, social spaces as well as a bistro. We predict that this may become the next go-to spot for brunch for you and your friends, amidst all the verdant greenery in this mid-air garden!
At CapitaSpring, you’ll be able to dine at one of the highest spots in the city. Perched atop the 280-metre high rooftop is an urban farm, restaurant and social bar located on Level 51. It’s a farm-to-table experience and a breathtaking view all in one. Can’t wait? Get behind the scenes with us and take an exclusive look.
🌳🌳🌳 #GreenFunFact The integrated development’s name “CapitaSpring” is inspired by its Green Oasis!
There is a farm at Funan. Before you start imagining cows and old Mr MacDonald, we're talking about the development's sprawling rooftop urban farm on level 7.
Learn the art of the trade from the good folks at Edible Garden City who are overseeing the curating, growing and harvesting of plants in the 5,000 sq ft space.
Another point of interest is Funan’s façade at the junction of Coleman Street and North Bridge Road. Besides the immersive Kinetic Wall art installation is a seven-storey green wall that melds perfectly with Funan’s industrial chic outlook. Gorgeous!
🌳🌳🌳 #GreenFunFact Funan’s design centerpiece, Tree of Life weighs 250 tonnes - equivalent to the weight of three massive mature rain trees.
4. Stay amongst lush greenery
Located at one-north, lyf one-north Singapore is a coliving space managed by millennials for the millennials and millennial-minded. This 324-unit property was awarded the Green Mark GoldPLUS award by Building and Construction Authority for its green, energy-efficient and smart building features. lyf one-north is also designed by architecture firm, WOHA, noted for their biophilic designs.
Slated to be completed in 4Q 2021, get ready to immerse yourself and connect with the community at the social spaces sprawled with greenery. The development’s green activity terrace is a series of activity decks integrated with a slope. Sandwiched between two blocks, the activity terrace provides cool and shared recreational space for fun social and wellness activities!
You will also find lush planting around the property, along the street edge and embedded within the plaza spaces to allow for natural shading from the hot weather in Singapore. We can’t think of a greener space to check-in, relax and take a break!
🌳🌳🌳 #GreenFunFact Existing high-value trees at the development site will be preserved and transplanted into public plaza spaces at lyf one-north Singapore!
5. Coworking in the green
At the heart of Singapore’s latest iconic office development, 79 Robinson Road, is a vibrant collaborative ecosystem spearheaded by Bridge+. Bridge+, CapitaLand’s wholly owned coworking and flexible workspace business unit, has introduced 56,000 square feet of collaborative and coworking spaces, and will curate unique community-driven programmes to foster connections and interactions among its members, tenants of the building and the wider community in Singapore’s Central Business District.
Beyond the heart, we need to take a look at the head too. That would be the sky gardens of 79 Robinson Road.
The 180-metre building has won the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark Platinum Award for its sustainable and environmentally friendly features.
In addition to the building’s energy and water efficient building systems, 79 Robinson Road also features lush and extensive greenery at two open-air sky gardens located on the 21st floor and the top floor. These open spaces offer opportunities for one to unwind and take a breather from work.
Walking a lap around the garden, you’ll be awestruck by the spectacular views of the coast and the city.
These sky gardens can also be perfect venues, taking your future community and business events to the next level.
🌳🌳🌳 #GreenFunFact There are tangible benefits to incorporating greenery at the office. It helps to reduce stress, clean the air and even boost creativity.
6. Walk in an air-conditioned park
Since its opening in April 2019, Jewel Changi Airporthas taken the world by storm, literally with its massive record breaking 40-metre tall indoor waterfall and rich verdant greenery. Take a nice stroll in a vast indoor enviroment while appreciating the lush gardens nestled within Jewel Changi Airport.
Don't miss the Shiseido Forest Valley trails and the Canopy Park on level 5.
🌳🌳🌳 #GreenFunFact Jewel Changi Airport houses more than 2,000 trees and palms and over 100,000 shrubs. These plants span about 120 species and originate from countries such as Australia, China, Malaysia, Spain, Thailand and USA.
7. Work in a tree
Sitting pretty in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, CapitaGreen is designed like a tree growing towards the sky. The 40-storey premium Grade A office building is connected as one with nature. Covered with greenery, its double skin façade maximises natural light coming in and reduces heat gain.
🌳🌳🌳 #GreenFunFact Over half of CapitaGreen’s perimeter façade is covered by living plants, resulting in a 55% green ratio.