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BIG and Carlo Ratti Associati unveil ‘green oasis’ skyscraper in Singapore

by Sion Geschwindt
BIG and Carlo Rotti Associati unveil 'green oasis' skyscraper in Singapore

BIG and Carlo Ratti Associati have announced the completion of their new CapitaSpring skyscraper in Singapore’s Central Business District.

Completed after four years of construction, the biophilic 280-metre tower is now one of Singapore’s tallest buildings.

The high-rise includes interior sky garden spaces, a rooftop park, Citadines serviced residences, multiple restaurants, premium office spaces, and a hawker centre (food court centre) that nods to Singapore’s iconic food culture.

The project was commissioned by local developer CapitaLand in an effort to “set a new benchmark for the office of the future” in advance of the ultragreen city’s 2030 Sustainability Master Plan. 

CapitaSpring skyscraper

Users are welcomed inside the Market Street adjacent podium via landscaped gardens which lead to the City Room, a 59-foot high open space that separates residential tenants and office workers into two different lobbies with space for shopping in between.

The recreated historic hawker centre occupies the second and third floors, with 56 food stalls that BIG says solidify the tower as the “beating heart of the city’s culinary experience, and the role it plays in maintaining local culture and community.”

The next eight floors are reserved for the residential program. This is followed by a “Green Oasis” core comprising four connected levels of open-air gardens offering workers and residents an invigorating space with carefully selected plants staged to mimic the hierarchy of tropical rainforests.

CapitaSpring skyscraper
The “Green Oasis” core comprising four connected levels of open-air gardens (credit: Finbarr Fallon)

The proceeding 29 floors are reserved for office functions. Finally, at the building’s crown, a rooftop garden with the city’s tallest urban farm completes the biophilic program with the operational capacity to serve the restaurants their desired seasonal greens.

BIG’s founder, Bjarke Ingles, commented: “Our design seeks to continue Singapore’s pioneering vertical urbanism with the 280m tall diverse neighbourhood of places to work, live and play inside as well as outside.

“Due to the unique character of Singapore’s urbanism – both extremely dense and green – we decided to make the design a vertical exploration of tropical urbanism.

“CapitaSpring is a vision of a future in which city and countryside, culture and nature can coexist, and urban landscapes can expand unrestricted into the vertical dimension.”

Images: Finbarr Fallon

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