Marina One

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Singapore | 2018

Marina One is a high-density, mixed-use building complex in the heart of Singapore’s new Marina Bay financial district which supports Singapore’s ambition to become a “City in a Garden”. Designed by Ingenhoven architects to appear as a plant-covered mountain rising into the Singapore skyline, the four-tower scheme includes lush planting, green sky terraces and tree-covered public spaces on the rooftops to integrate soft landscape into the fabric of the building.

Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s design for the central ‘Green Heart’ unifies the sculptural and planted elements of the building’s architecture. While the outer face of the four towers strictly follows the city grid, the maximised inner space is a free-formed three-dimensional garden. 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. Our work was undertaken in collaboration with ICN Design International. 

Openings between the high-rises, sky gardens, and the elevated towers, as well as the shape itself, improve the airflow and create a comfortable microclimate within the multiple levels of the central garden.

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 Ground floor plan

Ground floor plan

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...It recognises that bringing together many people for numerous different purposes has myriad social and economic advantages...It shows how the formal demands of different functions can be fashioned to a complementary whole around a proposal for the public realm, and that by the imaginative use of different ‘ground’ levels varying needs for privacy can be achieved...
— Jeremy Melvin, The Architectural Review
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© HG Esch

Marina One’s ‘Green Heart’ is an extraordinary, topical garden that takes root in multiple levels, through which is woven a network of lopping aluminium louvre ribbons that appear to be suspended in the void, but at high levels become snaking strips that hug the towers.
— Herbert Wright, Blueprint magazine
 
Marina One is rational without being conventional - daring and quirky while very functional for the more than 20,000 people who will eventually live and work there. It aims to enhance not only the well-being of its occupants, but of anyone in the area, who are welcome to enjoy its serene and verdant gardens.
— Alexandra Seno, Architectural Record (USA)
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Awards

2018 Honourable mention, INDE Awards (Building category)
2018 Shortlist, Blueprint Awards (Best sustainable project)
2018 Shortlist, MIPIM Asia Awards (Best innovative green building)
2018 Winner, Best Innovative Green Building, MIPIM Awards
2018 Shortlist, World Architecture Festival (Landscape category)
2018 Shortlist, CTBUH Best Tall Building Award
2016 Honorable Mention, American Architecture Prize for Green Architecture
2016 Winner, Iconic Awards, Concept – Visionary Living & Working
2016 Shortlist, FX International Interior Design Awards - Mixed-Use-Development
2016 Winner, WAN Future Projects Residential Award