Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati the iconic CapitaSpring Tower opened in Singapore this month.
The 280-meter-tall high-rise oasis, considered among the city’s tallest structures, is a mixed-use high-rise with abundant sky gardens and rooftop park, office space, a serviced residence, a hawker center, restaurants, and public spaces. On the ground level passersby and office workers can use an elevator leading to the “Green Oasis”, which is a spiral garden path that winds past outdoor gyms, benches and sit-outs as it winds up four stories of tropical flora.
The Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) designed the tower in collaboration with Carlo Ratti Associati. They stated that most of the plant species found throughout the site are native to Singapore and so are adapted to the year-round heat and humidity.
“Due to the unique character of Singapore’s urbanism — both extremely dense and green — we decided to make the design a vertical exploration of tropical urbanism,” BIG’s founder, Bjarke Ingels, said in a statement. – CNN
Singapore is home to a variety of buildings that feature gardens and plenty of greenery. It’s basically a legal requirement to incorporate landscaping as part of the architecture. Apart from CapitaSpring, buildings like the Parkroyal Collection Pickering hotel features over 160,000 square feet of greenery, the Oasia Hotel is turning green as more than creepers and vines grow along its facade.