Spectacular rainforest-like green heart grows within Singapores Marina One

November 10, 2017 by  
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Singapore’s new title “City in a Garden” is evident in Marina One, a stunning energy-efficient cluster of four high-rises centered on a spectacular “Green Heart.” Designed by ingenhoven architects in collaboration with local firm A61 and landscape architecture firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman , Marina One, set to open later this year, offers a mix of residences, retail, and offices, but the real draw is the publicly accessible green center that takes inspiration from Asian rice paddy terraces. Planted with over 350 types of trees and planets, the 37,000-square-meter landscaped area mimics a rainforest and provides cooling microclimates and increased biodiversity. Located in Singapore’s Marina Bay Central Business District, Marina One consists of four buildings: a pair of LEED Platinum pre-certified office towers totaling 175,000 square meters and two 34-story residential towers with 1,042 apartments set atop a retail podium. “While the outer face of the four towers strictly follows the city grid, the maximised inner space is a free-formed three-dimensional biodiversity garden,” wrote ingenhoven architects, who say the “Green Heart” garden is the largest public plaza in the CBD. The shape and placement of the garden and buildings optimize natural ventilation and a comfortable microclimate year-round. Related: WOHA’s solar-powered SkyVille in Singapore boasts a deep-green public skypark The sustainability-minded development uses energy-saving systems such as solar shading and high-performance glazing, while solar panels draw renewable energy. Rainwater harvesting and NEWater for toilet flushing reduce water consumption. Marina One will offer direct connections to four out of the six Singaporean MRT lines and bus stations. The “Green Heart” will include 700 trees and is shaped by the undulating terraces that surround it. Wooden walkways traverse the landscape. + ingenhoven architects Via Dezeen Images via ingenhoven architects

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Gustafson Porter’s Central Park Project to Transform 60 Hectares of Former Rail Yards in Valencia

October 18, 2013 by  
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As Spain gradually emerges from recession, the many municipal projects that have been put on hold during the country’s economic crisis are now champing at the bit to get underway once again. One such project is the city of Valencia ‘s ambitious plans for a new central park, El Parque Central de Valencia . Designed by Gustafson Porter in collaboration with the Borgos Pieper , the park will transform 60 hectares of former rail yards into a lush urban green space for Valencia. Read the rest of Gustafson Porter’s Central Park Project to Transform 60 Hectares of Former Rail Yards in Valencia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Borgos Pieper , Gustafson Porter , high speed railway , Kathryn Gustafson , Spain , Urban design , Valencia’s Central Park Project        

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