An award-winning design where the challenge posed to the design
team was to revitalize a building that has undergone many construction
alterations (A&A) that created an undesirable atmosphere for rentals. This
building is located within a prime area of Singapore’s Central Business
District (CBD), along the 158 Cecil Street.
Constructed on the design concept of a ‘hanging garden’, all
horizontal landscape areas within the building were removed other than the
existing half round planters stretching over the 7-storey atrium. Existing
planters were reinstated with plants draping over the edges. Plants were also
drooped from the newly created walkway planters along either side of the beams.
Vertical green walls were also incorporated on the existing end walls and
columns. From the second to the ninth-storey, both ends of the building and the
back of each structural column are also covered with green walls, creating a
vertical garden with a festoon of potted plants.
By creating a meaningful space in the external atrium using
vertical gardening, the design built a vibrant and pleasant environment. Upon
completion of the project, the client has reported that almost all its rented
space has been successfully leased out to tenants.