Gardens and waterfalls proposed for new Singapore skyscraper

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German studio Ingenhoven Architects and Singapore firm A61, together with landscape experts Gustafson Porter, have unveiled plans to create a high-rise with tiered gardens and waterfalls for Singapore’s Marina Bay.

Envisaged as a plant-covered “mountain”, Marina One will be made up of four high-rise blocks unified by louvres and an undulating garden atrium.

This atrium, known as the Green Heart, was designed by London-based Gustafson Porter. According to the firm, it will become the “largest green urban sanctuary within Singapore’s central business district.”

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The mixed-use complex will be located in Marina Bay, a 360-hectare expanse of reclaimed land along the waterfront in Singapore’s financial district. The area is also home to Moshe Safdie’s iconic Marina Bay Sands towers, as well as the huge tropical park, Gardens by the Bay.

“Marina One is one of the first developments of its type to integrate soft landscape into the fabric of the building,” said the architects.

“The planting is designed to create inspiring and multifunctional urban spaces to be enjoyed by all in Singapore. There is often a preconception that the climate is too hot and humid to make active use of outdoor space.”

The balconies and a ramp will weave around a pool and waterfalls in the centre of the atrium, leading from a shopping centre in the base of the complex to residences and public roof gardens.

The two terraces at the top of the structure will be named Cloud Forests and Mountain Top.

“Visitors and inhabitants ascend skywards into the Cloud Forests to the Mountain Top, which alludes to the changing environments and habitats that one might experience whilst climbing a mountain,” said the architects.

“The public enter from the commercial promenade into the lush vegetation of the garden.”

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