November 29, 2023

Bjarke Ingels Group’s New Singapore Skyscraper Has 80,000 Plants

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Bjarke Ingels Group’s New Singapore Skyscraper Has 80,000 Plants

After four years of construction, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has completed its latest project: CapitaSpring, a 919-foot biophilic skyscraper in Singapore. Located in Downtown Core, Singapore’s financial district, the tower is one of the tallest in the city-state and the latest addition to the island’s skyline. 

CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati collaborated with BIG to create a digital user experience for the building. “When we first got invited to join the architectural competition, we saw a great opportunity to team up and join forces with BIG to achieve a uniquely bold result together,” Carlo Ratti, founding partner of CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati, said in a statement. “As CapitaSpring is open to the public today, I am proud of how we enhanced the public spaces across the building, creating the best experience for all users and leveraging both technology and unprecedented integration with natural elements.”

The City Room, an 59-foot-tall open space at the foot of the tower

Residents get access to an array of amenities, including a swimming pool.

The 51-story mixed-use complex has room for working, living, and playing. Residential spaces take up the first eight floors and include facilities like a swimming pool, jacuzzi, jogging track, gymnasium, social kitchen, residents’ lounge, and barbecue pits. The top 29 floors are set aside for offices, and according to the press release, over 99% of the office and retail space has already been committed. 

The Green Oasis encompasses four stories. 

Though the tower’s design is striking—multiple elevations are defined by a sculptural façade—it’s the designers’ use of greenery that truly stands out. On the exterior, lush gardens peak out as vertical elements pull apart. Inside, a 114-foot open-air garden, named the Green Oasis, covers four stories between residences and office space. Here, plants mirror the hierarchy of a tropical rainforest and offer room for work, walks, relaxation, or events. A rooftop garden caps the building, where over 150 species of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers are grown for the rooftop restaurant.