Sky Garden

Designed by BIG, this mixed-use high-rise is defined by a dynamic interplay of orthogonal lines, lush greenery, and contrasting textures.

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Fact File
Program: Commercial
Location Text: Singapore
Size in m2: 93000
Project type: International competition
Client: CapitaLand
Status: Completed

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Located at the heart of Singapore’s financial district, the 93,000 m2 mixed-use high-rise CapitaSpring is a 280-meter-tall high-rise with restaurants, office space, a Citadines serviced residence, and sky gardens. In 2018, the building was accorded Green Mark Platinum & Universal Design GoldPLUS certifications by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore.

At multiple elevations, the vertical elements comprising the building’s exterior allow glimpses into the green oases blooming from the base, core, and rooftop “sky garden.” The tower reinforces Singapore’s reputation as a garden city, housing over 80,000 plants, with a Green Plot Ratio of more than 1:1.4 – translating to a total landscaped area of more than 8,300 sqm, equivalent to 140% of its site area.

On street level, CapitaSpring restores a portion of the historically significant Market Street to the public realm by pedestrianizing the stretch and creating an expanded landscaped area, which creates new green breathing space in the high-density CBD.

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Meandering garden paths create natural entryways into the City Room, an 18-meter-high generous open space at the foot of the tower that creates shelter from the tropical sunlight and showers and welcomes tenants into separate lobbies for the offices and residences, as well as shoppers and diners into the food center within the tower’s podium. The iconic Market Street Hawker Center is recreated at the building’s second and third floors with 56 food stalls – solidifying the location as the city’s culinary experience and the role it plays in maintaining local culture and community.

The first eight floors of the tower are dedicated to the serviced residence, including a wide range of facilities such as a swimming pool, jacuzzi, jogging track, gymnasium, social kitchen, resident’s lounge, and barbecue pits. The top 29 floors offer premium office spaces with panoramic views of the Singapore River and Marina Bay.

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At the core of the building between the hardscapes of the offices and residences are four connected levels of organic softscape dubbed the “Green Oasis” – a 35m open-air garden for work, casual strolls, relaxation, exercise, and events. The Green Oasis seamlessly weaves nature vertically into the architecture and satisfies the spatial limitations of the locale and animating the smoothness of modern architecture with the tropical nature of the region. The overall vertical softscape of the Green Oasis mimics the plant hierarchy of tropical rainforests requiring the least amount of direct light. Moving towards the canopy layer – the “roof” of the rainforest – trees are defined by their smaller leaf structure.

CapitaSpring’s rooftop garden, with views of the city, is home to 1-Arden Food Forest. Currently, over 150 species of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, are grown across five thematic plots to supply the building’ s restaurants with fresh greens. The building also has amenities in support of the sustainable transport vision in the Singapore Green Plan 2030, including 165 bicycle lots, fully equipped end-of-trip facilities, and a 600-meter cycling path around the building’s perimeter.