Singapore is a small, populous island that is 100% urbanized. And yet, it’s also one of the greenest cities in the world. Travelers all over the world are excited to spend some time in the greenery of Singapore. In the year 1963, Lee Kuan Yew announced a Tree Planting Day. To date, tree planting is still a trend, and people are still planting trees contributing to this green metropolitan. However, the greatness of this city is not limited to the green streets. The entire island has initiated an eco-friendly lifestyle
The more Singapore became a part of this green revolution with its eco-friendly developments, the more substantial corporations moved in. Many big companies, such as Prudential and Facebook, moved their offices to the new complex in Singapore. The offices are combined with solar panels for power, solar tubes for hot water, harvesting of rainwater and certain floor levels lined fully with green plants, the complex is green in every sense of the word. Reports say that this workspace is much more than the traditional office. Regardless, developers keep coming to Singapore looking to be part of the green movement.
Marina One is a famous mixed development project at the central business district of Singapore. It comes to the well-designed area for stores, restaurants, commercial spaces, residential buildings, offices, and gyms. This eco-friendly building is setting a remark for future living.
The project has four towers, and they are all connected via a “green heart.” This specially designed area is loaded with millions of trees, plants, and many waterfalls as well. Even the terrace and sky bridges are filled with greenery. The entire premises include around 160,000 plants. Developers reveal that the biodiversity of Marina One is comparable to the six Olympic sized swimming pools.
This development is a significant investment, somewhere around $5.1 billion. It was completed as a joint-venture under a land-swap deal between Singapore and Malaysia. Note that this project is also designed by Christoph Ingenhoven, the same architect who developed the fantastic designs of Luxembourg’s European Investment Bank and Sydney’s 1 Bligh Street.
It is essential to mention that this development is certified by LEED platinum. The project is finished in such a manner that the building contributes to reducing the carbon emissions, electricity as well as water consumption. The architect planned orientation in such a way that this structure could reduce heat gain in the premises so that office employees can stay fresh all the time. At the same time, the greenery all around contributes to improved air quality and reduced heat.
The two residential towers of Marina One include approximately 1000 units. However, it is not that easy to buy an apartment over there, especially for the budget-conscious people. A two-bedroom apartment with two-bathroom and an estimated area of 1152 square feet is currently listed with a price tag of $2 million.
Few other eco-friendly developments in Singapore include CapitaGreen, Tree House; NTU School of Art, Design, and Media; and Oasia Hotel. These developments are expected to enrich the relationship of human begins with nature.