Where Biodiversity and High Density Harmonize
Marina One, a high-density, mixed-use building complex in the heart of Singapore’s new Marina Bay financial district, complements the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) vision of making Singapore a “City in a Garden.” Marina One comprises four high-rise buildings which accommodate office, residential and retail functions and have been rated under the Green Mark Platinum and LEED Platinum schemes. The two office towers each have a usable floor area of 175,000 square meters; the two residential towers provide 1,042 city apartments and penthouses for about 3,000 residents.
While the outer face of the four towers strictly follows the city grid, the maximized inner space is a free-formed three-dimensional biodiversity garden. The organic shape of the building complex, and the generous planting, contribute to an improvement of the microclimate and increase biodiversity. Inspired by Asian paddy field terraces, the green center formed by the four towers – with its multi-story three-dimensional gardens – reflects the diversity of tropical flora and creates a new habitat.