The "Green Heart" exhibition showcases the "Marina One" project by ingenhoven architects, which will open in the center of Singapore at the end of 2017. As an international role model for living and working, "Marina One" makes an innovative contribution to the discourse on mega-cities, especially in tropical regions, which, in the context of increasing population and climate change, face enormous challenges. The high-density building complex with its mix of uses extends to over 400,000 square meters and, with its group of four high-rise buildings, defines the "Green Heart"—a public space extending over several stories. This three-dimensional green oasis reflects the diversity of tropical flora. Aedes presents diagrams and interviews with project participants, as well as a documentary film on the architecture. The central element of the exhibition is a spectacular five meter high space sculpture which brings to life the unique shape of the "Marina One" buildings.
Marina One Street View / © HG Esch
Today, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities.
This number will increase to 70 percent in the next three decades. By
2050, the world’s population will increase to nine or ten billion. In
urban agglomerations, this growth cannot be accommodated without
high-rise buildings. The core concept for "Marina One", which consists
of a group of four high-rise buildings, is based on a shared central
space—the "Green Heart"—which was designed by ingenhoven architects in
close cooperation with landscape architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman.
The interaction between the geometry of the buildings and the garden
facilitates natural ventilation and generates an agreeable microclimate.
The largest public landscaped area in the Marina Bay Central Business
District of Singapore provides living space close to nature, the usable
area of which is 125 percent of the original site surface area.
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
Marina One Arial View / © HG Esch
The organic shape of the building complex with its
iconic louvres, 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. This "Green Heart" comprises over 350
different types of trees and plants, including 700 trees, on a
landscaped area of 37,000 square meters. Various types of animal become
part of this biological diversity.
Inspired by the natural climate
changes at the different vertical levels of a rainforest, the landscape
architecture mimics a green valley with its variations in climate
according to level.
Restaurants and cafés, retail areas, a fitness club,
pool, supermarket, food court, and events areas on the different open
terraces not only provide products and services to the residents, office
workers, and visitors—they also create a place for social interaction.
compact and efficient layout design is complemented by energy-saving
ventilation systems, highly effective external solar screening devices,
and glazing that reduces solar radiation into the building. Direct
connections to four of Singapore’s six mass rapid transport lines, bus
stops, bicycle parking facilities, and electro-mobile charging stations
ensure that exhaust emissions caused by private transport are
significantly reduced. The color scheme of the interior and the building
facade features calm and earthy bronze shades in order to support the
A space-filling sculpture is the central
exhibit in the Aedes Architectural Forum; it models the deliberate
design of the building shape so that it can be fully appreciated. A
documentary film of the building by architectural photographer HG Esch,
interviews with project participants, and explanatory diagrams of the
project provide visitors with new ideas for architecture in mega-cities.
About ingenhoven architects
architects was founded in 1985 and is one of the pioneers of
sustainable architecture, having won numerous competitions and awards.
Using the term supergreen®, ingenhoven architects pursues a
comprehensive sustainability concept. The practice develops and builds
projects of any size and typology in almost all parts of the world—all
in accordance with the highest green building standards such as those of
LEED, Green Star, BREEAM, DGNB, and CASBEE. In 1997, the practice
achieved international recognition with the RWE tower in Essen, one of
the world’s first ecological high-rise buildings. Since 1997, ingenhoven
architects has been designing the Stuttgart 21 underground railway
station. A number of award-winning high-rise building projects were
completed in Singapore, Japan, and Australia. At its head office at
Düsseldorf’s port, the practice employs about 90 architects, draftsmen,
and model builders of 20 nationalities. In addition, the practice
maintains international branches in Zurich, Sydney, Singapore, and Santa
Marina One Interior View / © HG Esch
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