Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sky Gardens Green Up Vertical City | Singapore

Increased populations in major cities are an increasing issue for urban planners and designers. With the majority of populous living in dense areas, land is short and habitable built spaces are given priority over the natural. In our current global climate this is not a positive reality, industry members have been inspired to become smarter when it comes to their incorporation of green spaces into traditionally industrial designs.
One such avenue that this has been made possible has been through the creation of sky gardens. Much like vertical farms forest and vertical farms, sky gardens, and their name would suggest, are green belts in skyscraper buildings. Much like a green roof, the sky garden has the ability to offer a barrage of sustainability aspects into traditionally brown buildings.
One new concept that encompasses both of these initiatives is the Scotts Tower in Singapore. Designed by architectural firm UN Studio for the Far East Organisation, this 18,500 sqm skyscraper is a prime example of how easily nature can be incorporated into stereotypically artificial, built spaces.
Still in the design development stage, the building will act as a 31 story multi-residential unit that incorporates two key sustainable elements of social and environmental awareness. With the aid of the sky terraces, gardens and green roofs a sense of community is created, with each section or ‘neighbourhood’ designed around its own garden space.
The key focus of the design has been to intermingle the three concepts of ‘city’, ‘neighbourhood’ and ‘home’. This has been created through a constant re-focus back to the green, communal spaces. The layout of the building is concentrated in four ‘residential clusters’ separated by green roofs; in place of a lobby there are simply garden entry spaces and sky terraces.
The green roofs offer to naturally insulate the building, creating a more energy efficient as a reliance on on-grid powered heating and cooling is minimized. They also aid in the possible growth of produce to sustain the building’s inhabitants, with communal spaces in which to socialise offering to maximise a community spirit.
These different spaces housed through the 231 unit building include both 1 to 3 bedroom apartment and 4 bedroom penthouses offering a wide range of living options.
It is a common part of city living that neighbours live separate lives and a true sense of community is often unobtainable. With the creation and promotion of the vertical city, a sense of the organic and community can be found in even the most urban environments.
Images Courtesy UN Studio
By Emily D’Alterio

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