Singapore’s ‘Vertical Forest’ Marina One on Track for Completion

Almost 30 per cent of Singapore is covered by trees and vegetation, and with one of the highest densities in the world, Singapore is getting even greener.

Nicknamed the “city in a garden”, Singapore’s green initiative is over fifty years old — urban planners and architects weave vegetation through the city, green building is mandatory and new developments must include plant life.

And Singapore’s latest development, Marina One, promises to be the “largest green urban sanctuary” in the city — proposing verdant “cloud forests”, waterfalls and a microclimate at the centre of the complex.

Due for completion later this year, Marina One is a high-density, mixed-use building complex in Singapore’s Marina Bay financial district. The complex is developed by M+S Pte Ltd and designed by Ingenhoven architects and landscape firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman.

M+S Pte Ltd is owned 60:40 by Malaysia’s strategic investment fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad and Singapore’s state-owned investment company, Temasek Holdings.

Marina One is surrounded by prominent developments like the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay and Gardens by the Bay. It is also connected to Singapore’s largest Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange.

Covering a gross floor area of 3.67 million square feet and flanked by two large urban parks, Marina One comprises two office towers, two residential towers and a retail podium set around lush greenery.

The two residential towers will comprise 1042 city residences ranging from one to four bedroom units including penthouses.

The two office towers, the Marina One East Tower and Marina One West Tower, will feature 1.88 million square feet of prime Grade A net lettable office space with two 100,000 square feet office floor plates.

Its office towers meet the “LEED Platinum Pre-certification” and the local “Green Mark Platinum” standards for their sustainable design. The 30-storey towers, each with a floor area of 175,000 square metres, feature two sky gardens and two high-density floors on levels 28 and 29.

The retail podium, known as “The Heart”, covers 140,000 square feet net lettable space providing shopping and lifestyle amenities.

While the outer face of Marina One’s four towers strictly follows the city grid, the maximised inner space is a freeformed three-dimensional biodiversity garden known as the “green heart”, designed by Gustafson Porter + Bowman, and provides what will be the largest public plaza in Singapore’s central business district. Incorporating a unique garden ecosystem, the “green heart” will be a sanctuary and green space for communities to come together away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD area.

A winding ramp creates both a visual and physical connection between the most important levels of retail, allowing visitors and residents to ascend from ground level. This creates a rich, engaging experience which takes one through the abundant vegetation, where water descends from above in vertical strands of water and light that falls into a large reflecting pool.

Marina One’s environmentally-smart design also features energy-saving ventilation systems, a highly effective external sun-shading system and high performance glazing to reduce direct solar radiation into the building.

Marina One Ingenhoven

NEWater (centrally provided recycled water) for toilet flushing and a rainwater harvesting system reduce water consumption. PV cells make use of the sun’s energy.

The direct connection to four out of the six Singaporean MRT lines and bus stations as well as the provision of bicycle parking spaces and e-car loading lots significantly reduce emissions caused by individual traffic.

Marina One officially topped out in 2016 and remains on track for completion for 2017.

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