It is with great pleasure that we champion ingenhoven architects as the winners of the WAN Future Projects Residential Award 2016 for their awe-inspiring Marina One Singapore project – congratulations!
The winner was chosen after some thoughtful discussion from a final shortlist of six. The jury in charge of selecting the final winner from this year’s shortlist were: Jonathan Allan, Associate of EPR Architects, Petra Gipp, Founder of Petra Gipp Arkitektur, Dan Clarke, Delivery Director of Native Land and Kristian Lars Ahlmark, Senior Partner of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.
The jury were impressed by the range of compelling projects entered this year and how they expressed vision, while championing creations that pushed this typology successfully.
Marina One, is a high-density mixed-use building complex in the heart of Singapore’s new Marina Bay financial district and complements the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) vision of making Singapore a City in a Garden.
Due to be completed in early 2017, this building complex is green in both a literal and performative sense. Flanked by two large urban parks, it comprises of two office towers, two residential towers and a retail podium set around lush greenery. While the outer face of the four towers strictly follows the city grid, the maximised inner space is a free-formed, three-dimensional biodiversity garden. This "Green Heart" will be the largest public plaza in the central business district. Openings between the high-rises, sky gardens in-between the podium, the elevated towers, as well as the shape itself, improve the air flow and create a comfortable micro-climate within the multiple levels of the central garden that covers up to 125% of the site area.
Jonathan was first to share his comments on the scheme stating: “I think it’s a good space to be in and they’ve concentrated on the nature of it. I think that the diversity in it, is there.”
The 30-storey towers, each with a floor area of 175,000sqm, feature two sky gardens and two high-density floors on levels 28 and 29. The high-density floors will be the largest Grade-A office floors in Singapore. Due to ingenhoven architects´ integral concept of supergreen®, Marina One aims to re-green the city. Its office towers meet the LEED Platinum pre-certification and the local Green Mark Platinum standards for their sustainable design. Dan noted the mega cities currently being built worldwide and applauded ingenhoven’s design for its efforts in being a potential role model for these expanding cities.
The luxurious Marina One residences are housed in the two 34-storey towers with 1,042 city residences ranged in size from one to four bedroom units and penthouses. The building footprint is penetrated by air wells and slots to ensure natural ventilation for all of the units, thus meeting the stringent green mark platinum criteria.
Agreeing with Jonathan’s comments, Kristian affirmed: “This project will offer a breath-taking experience to both people living there, office workers as well as visitors. A truly bold scheme that combines a complex mixed-use program. Although the residential component may not play the main character in this tightly choreographed play, it offers a truly forward thinking in the way we plan future housing.”
In addition to a compact and efficient building layout, the 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. This multiple level green heart will be a civic sanctuary larger than any existing public plaza in the CBD of Singapore. Quite simply, Kristian summarised the scheme by saying: “It has strong environmental aspects as well as interesting social components.”
We would like to thank the jury for their time and contributions in finding this year’s winner within the WAN Future Projects Residential Award 2016. WAN AWARDS would like to congratulate once again, ingenhoven architects for their winning submission.