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. Aesthetics aside, there are real benefits to surrounding yourself with greenery. A 2019 study found that children who grow up surrounded by green space have "55% less risk of developing mental health problems later in life compared to those who weren’t exposed to nature.
But there is no need to escape to the jungle immediately. We’ve come to know and love Singapore for its reputation as a city-in-a-garden. The tropical cityscape has taken on a life of its own with an abundance of flowers, plants and trees.
In Singapore, even the buildings and attractions have incorporated biophilic designs. 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, INSIDE showcases four must-visit buildings integrating biophilic design.
Welcome to the other side where the grass is always greener (and less crazy).
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 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.
Now that you have a sky allotment garden plot at One Pearl Bank, you may wish to hone your gardening skills in a brand-new mall. There’s no better place to go than Funan and its sprawling rooftop urban farm on level 7.
Learn the art of the trade from the good folks at Edible Garden City who will manage 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.
WATCH: Edible Garden City's co-founder and managing director, Bjorn Low shares his journey into the organic farming movement.
Walk in an air-conditioned park
Since its opening in April 2019, Jewel Changi Airport has 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 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.
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.
Having a case of office envy? Don’t be, you may get the chance to work at CapitaSpring, sprouting in the year 2021 as one of the tallest and greenest buildings in Raffles Place.
The 52 storey Grade A office building will feature a four-storey high botanical promenade - Green Oasis, set to be a city-defining architectural feature at a breathtaking 100 metres above ground.