Video & Project of the Week for July 28, 2014: Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Design and Media

July 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/28/14

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Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)
Singapore
107,639 sf Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Located on the southwestern outskirts of Singapore on the 200-hectare Yunnan Garden campus, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has earned itself a reputation as one of the leading science, technology and research universities in the world. The iconic 215,000-square-foot School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) is the island nation’s first professional art school, and the refurbished ADM Gallery is a unique, high-tech creative space that hosts exciting contemporary art exhibitions by artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia, and beyond.

Designed by CPG Consultants, the ADM varies from 2-5 stories and the key feature of the building design is the green roof that slopes almost at a 45-degree angle. Formed by two sloping, tapering arcs that interlock with a third, smaller arc, the roof of the ADM was cast in heavily ribbed, reinforced concrete. The sunken, almond shaped courtyard is formed by the space in between the building’s two main arms and is beautifully reflected from the interior high performance, double glazed glass curtain wall facades. Accentuated by fountains and a floating performance platform, a reflecting pond adds to the communal ambiance while helping to cool the center space. The roof turf consists of a combination of two grasses, Zoysia matrella and Ophiopogon, irrigated via a rainwater collection system with rain sensors. The curving roofs are accessible by stairs along the edges, although only one of the six portions of green roof is best for seating due to lower slopes. In 2011 NTU received the Green Mark Platinum Award from the Singapore Building and Construction Authority for the eco-friendly building.

Year: 2006
Owner: Nanyang Technological University
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Educational
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 107,639 sq.ft.
Grade: 60%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Developer: Nanyang Technological University
Civil & Structural Engineer: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Waterproofing Specialist: Elmich Pte Ltd & Lee Construction Pte Ltd
Waterproofing Materials: alwitra GmbH & Co
General Contractor: Teambuild Construction Pte Ltd

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Video & Project of the Week for April 28, 2014: SOLARIS, Fusionopolis (Phase 2B)

May 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/28/14

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SOLARIS, Fusionopolis (Phase 2B)
Singapore
32,152 sf Greenroofs
3,272 sf Atrium Planter Boxes
44,293 sf Green Ramp
1,765 sf Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

SOLARIS is a 15 story office building located in the Fusionopolis hub in central Singapore’s One-North Business Park, an area dedicated to research and development in technology, media, physical sciences & engineering industries. Since the site was originally a military base, most of the original ecological system had been destroyed. The architect’s response was to conserve what little greenery there was by building on areas which would cause the least ecological damage, helping to improve the site’s biodiversity simply through the positioning of the building.

SOLARIS is comprised of two towers connected with a passively-ventilated central atrium. Office floors are linked by a series of sky terraces which span the atrium at upper floors. The architect designed over 8,000 square meters of landscaping, a total more than the area of building. The “eco-building” replaced the original site with a ratio of 108% of landscape to site area. The “green ramp” at SOLARIS is a 1.5 kilometer linear, continuous landscape ramp that was built to connect the ground level to the upper levels of the building, linking the basement Eco-cell with a cascading sequence of roof gardens at the highest levels. The building has accomplished a 36% reduction in overall energy consumption by integrating fully landscaped areas directly into the facade of the building. A dramatic vision of the possibilities inherent in Skyrise greenery design, 95% of the project’s total landscaped area is above ground level.

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Make sure you read much more about this project in Greenroofs.com’s April 2014 Guest Feature Article, “SOLARIS at Fusionopolis (Phase 2B): From Military Base to Bioclimatic Eco-Architecture” by T. R. Hamzah & Yeang.

Year: 2010
Owner: SoilBuild Group Holdings
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 84,777 sq.ft.
Grade: 7%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect of Design: T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd.
Architect of Record: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: PEB Consultants
Facade Consultant: Aurecon Singapore ( Pte.) Ltd.
Sustainability Consultant: Aurecon Singapore ( Pte.) Ltd.
Photographer: Albert Lim

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Greenroof & Greenwall Project of the Week for February 24, 2014: Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

February 25, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 2/24/14

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Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH)
Singapore

60,000 sq. ft
* Greenroofs, Greenwalls & Planter Boxes

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Project Description & Details

LEAF-Certified, the lush Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) is a 590-bed multi-award winning general and acute care hospital located on a 3.4-hectare site at Yishun in Singapore. Every opportunity has been maximized for the creation of therapeutic green spaces. KTPH has landscape footprints at every floor to ensure patients and staff is constantly treated to garden views from different angles, and to provide for a calming surrounding that soothes and rejuvenates.

Designed with 3 building blocks overlooking a central courtyard, they are adjacent to 8 roof gardens, 5 levels of corridor planters, 81 balconies’ planter boxes, and vertical gardens. Over 70% of the plants are indigenous, including many rare endangered species. Each roof garden portrays interesting themes to keep them engaging and educational, for example, the organic rooftop farm has over 130 fruit trees and vegetable plots with over 50 varieties of edibles and others cater to specific patient needs such as Geriatric and Dementia. Volunteers from the community contribute actively in the conservation efforts and produce bounty crops.

* The total area greened for this Khoo Teck Puat Hospital project profile is estimated.  If you can assist, please email us at: projects@greenroofs.com. 

Year: 2010
Owner: Ministry of Health/Alexandra Health Pte Ltd
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 60,000 sq.ft.*
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Landscape Architect: Peridian Asia Pte Ltd
Landscape Contract Manager: Tropical Environment Pte Ltd
General Contractor: Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co Ltd
Design Consultant: RMJM Hillier
Project Manager: PM Link Pte Ltd

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“Vertical Garden City, Singapore” by Tan Puay Yok

November 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I received my copy of Dr. Puay Yok Tan’s new book Vertical Garden City, Singapore, 2013 a couple of weeks ago, and Wow, it is awesome!

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Although clearly focused on the beautiful tropical island nation of Singapore, 192 pages of gorgeous color photos of skyrise gardens beautifully illustrate vertical and horizontal examples of greening from across the world.

“Singapore is a modern, cosmopolitan city that is claiming its place as a global city of the world. This has emerged amidst dramatic transformation of its landscapes since its founding at the start of the 19th century. This is only possible through a deliberate approach of actively reinstating greenery to replace natural spaces that have been inadvertently lost during urbanisation.

The emphasis on urban greening as a cornerstone of Singapore’s urban development approach continues today. One key strategy it has adopted is to green up its vertical spaces as the new frontier of urban greening. In little more than a decade since the idea of skyrise greening was actively promoted in the city, numerous skyrise greenery installations now dot the city’s landscapes. Several are striking architectural marvels, while others help to silently blend the buildings with its environment. How did the groundswell occur? What were the policy considerations and instruments used to promote the concept to the building industry? What more can and should be done?

Vertical garden city, Singapore describes the skyrise greening movement and efforts in Singapore, and profiles selected projects in the city that exemplify innovation, creativity and the boldness to try new ideas. This book also explores how an ecological perspective can help to derive more functions from skyrise greenery. It is a valuable resource to those who want to know more about Singapore’s efforts in greening its vertical spaces.” ~ Urban Redevelopment Authority

With forewords by one my own favorite green architects, Emilio Ambasz and Dr. Tan Wee Kiat of the amazing Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, Puay Yok acknowledges many early influences including Ian McHarg along with former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who in 1963 lead the first tree planting day in his nation and started the Garden City movement.

“Mr. Lee Kuan Yew started a rapid urban greening programme and an urban planning approach in which greenery received equal, if not more, emphasis than the expansion of buildings and infrastructure.” ~ Tan Puay Yok

Five decades later, Singapore truly is a tropical City in a Garden.

I’m pleased to say that Puay Yok asked me to contribute to his book, along with Dr. Manfred Köhler and Steven Peck.  I wrote “Worldwide Trends in Greenroof and Green Wall Implementation,” where I spoke about the Top 10 general categories of trends that we here at Greenroofs.com have been observing over the past decade or so.  Thanks, Puay Yok, for this honor!

Topics include typologies of skyrise greenery, research and development, key policies, and prospects for the future, which Puay Yok says “The Way Forward is Up.”

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A large selection of Singapore’s thriving installations and signature sky gardens can found including: The Skypark at Marina Bay Integrated Resorts, School of Art, Design and Media, Solaris, Universal Studios Singapore, Marina Barrage, T3 Changi Airport, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, School of the Arts, The Pinnacle@Duxton, Reflections at Keppel Bay, Sky Gardens House, Gardens by the Bay, and many more. (Not surprisingly, over the years we have highlighted all of these in Haven Kiers and my Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design!)

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Available for purchase, you can either pick one up at the Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore, or through the mail – find out more here.

Thoughtfully presented and flawlessly published, Vertical Garden City, Singapore is not only a stunning coffee table book, its presentation of Singapore’s legacy of building green infrastructure and urban biodiversity conservation makes it an essential addition to your living architecture library!  Wouldn’t it be great if all governments could follow suit?

~ Linda V.