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Ground Breaks on Singapore’s Newest ‘Building of the Future’

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Bjarke Ingles Group and Carlo Ratti Associati have commenced construction on a 280-metre-high skyscraper in Singapore, which will feature a four-storey vertical park complete with treetop cocoons.

It is the latest in a string of recent skyscrapers conceived as “vertical communities”, with buildings fast becoming the Jetson-esque structures we all figured would one day dominate the world’s city skylines.

The design blends urban life with tropical nature to “redefine workplace and living standards for its users”.

Located on 88 Market Street, in Singapore’s bustling CBD, the 93,000sq m skyscraper will rise 280 metres, featuring 51-storeys of commercial, residential and retail use.

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Nicknamed the “city in a garden”, Singapore's green initiative is over fifty years old – green building is mandatory and new developments must include plant life.

The tower’s exterior façade consists of vertical elements that are pulled apart to allow glimpses into the landscape blooming from the base, core and rooftop. The building shows an interplay of orthogonal lines interweaved with tropical vegetation.

“In this project, green areas are made accessible to the public at different heights, allowing the city’s exuberance to extend throughout the entire tower”, CRA founder Carlo Ratti said.

“Working in nature will be as essential to the experience of the building, as are the most advanced digital technologies, offering us a glimpse of tomorrow’s offices.”

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CRA and BIG were selected to design the building following an international architectural competition hosted by Asia’s leading real estate company CapitaLand.

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CRA and BIG were selected to design the building following an international architectural competition hosted by Asia’s leading real estate company CapitaLand.

The development funded by the joint venture partnership CapitaLand Limited, CapitaLand Commercial Trust and Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. had a groundbreaking ceremony on February 9 and is expected to be completed in 2021.

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