Gustafson Porter creates "Green Heart" in Singapore building

Marina One, a new building landscaped by London-based practice Gustafson Porter, incorporates soft landscaping into its heart.

Marina One
Marina One

Called the ‘Green Heart’, Marina One’s elevated public garden sits between its four high-rise towers, aiming for a seamless transition between the sculptural, planted landscape and architecture. At its centre sits a biodiversity garden.

The mixed-use Marina One development, designed by Ingenhoven Architects, sits at the centre of Singapore’s business district. Its brief is to define "new standards of luxury urban living" while creating an international benchmark for design and sustainability excellence.

Marina One's vertical garden, designed by Gustafson Porter and with consultancy services from Singapore-based landscape architects ICN Design, contains lower and mid-level sky terraces offering lush vegetation, spectacular waterfalls and calm reflecting pools. The planting is designed to create inspiring and multi-functional urban spaces open to the public.

A statement from Gustafson Porter explained that understanding how public space is used in Singapore is fundamental to the design approach.

"There is often a preconception that the climate is too hot and humid to make active use of outdoor space. But by breaking down the barriers between air conditioned interior space and exterior shaded space, we can still create spaces to dwell which are softened by plants, with a light breeze and the sound of water movement."

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