Singapore is known for its stunning architecture and lush greenery.
As a tourist in Singapore, you’ll quickly learn that there are many iconic buildings. From the
In recent years, Singapore has made a concerted effort to integrate plants into its architectural designs to combine the best of both worlds.
Here are some examples of nature and architecture working together in Singapore.
Pan Pacific Orchard
Nestled in the heart of Singapore’s iconic Orchard Road, the Pan Pacific Orchard is a testament to luxury and nature-inspired design. This architectural marvel, designed by the acclaimed WOHA Architects, is a vertical green oasis amidst the urban sprawl. The hotel, which has been eagerly awaited, opened its doors to the public five years after the original structure was taken down. Located at 10 Claymore Road, it is the newest flagship of the Pan Pacific Hotels Group in Singapore.
The 23-story, 347-room hotel is a blend of modernity and nature. It boasts four open-air terraces named Forest, Beach, Garden, and Cloud, each offering a unique ambiance and experience. These terraces are a nod to Orchard Road’s history, once lined with fruit orchards and plantations. The terraces are interconnected by massive green columns adorned with creeper plants, creating a visual spectacle.
Guests are welcomed by the Forest Terrace, featuring a cascading waterfall and a dense tropical forest ambiance. The Beach Terrace on the fifth floor offers an island escape with a lagoon pool surrounded by palm groves. The Garden Terrace provides a serene garden setting, while the Cloud Terrace on the 18th floor is perfect for events, boasting a panoramic view of the city skyline.
The hotel’s interiors reflect the theme of each terrace. For instance, Beach Terrace rooms mimic a beach experience with timber paneling and sandy-toned finishings, while Garden Terrace rooms are adorned in hues of green. The Cloud Terrace rooms, located on the higher floors, capture the ethereal essence of the clouds.
Pan Pacific Orchard is not just about luxury stays; it’s also a culinary destination. The hotel houses three distinct dining concepts, including Mosella, an all-day restaurant offering Mediterranean cuisine with a Peruvian twist. The hotel also plans to introduce an Atelier-in-Residence program showcasing Singaporean brands epitomizing craft and innovation.
Address: 10 Claymore Road, Singapore 229540
Nearest MRT Station: Orchard
Oasia Hotel Downtown
Located in the bustling city of Singapore, architecture firm WOHA designed the Oasia Hotel Downtown with an exterior that includes 21 species of climbing plants on its facade.
The goal of the design of this structure is to respond to the concrete uniformity of Singapore’s business district.
The primary architect from WOHA Architecture says that their focus was sustainability against consumption by designing an ecosystem with flowers and vines to attract fauna like insects or squirrels.
Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola designed the building’s furniture and interior.
The structure’s exterior has about 60 levels’ worth of green walls added to the red building’s original appearance.
The plants get watered via rainfall, which helps keep them healthy without using any mechanical ventilation, as other buildings might require.
The building’s design also includes four communal sky gardens that allow for natural ventilation of public spaces instead of air conditioning.
It is essential because it provides an environment where plants, trees, and water features can thrive, attracting insects and birds to the elevated planting areas within each garden.
Nearest MRT Station: Tanjong Pagar
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering
Between the blocks of guest rooms, spacious curvy sky gardens draped in tropical plants and supported by frangipani and palm trees cantilevered at every fourth level.
The grounds of the venue are green, and so are the flourishes within. The trees and gardens of the hotel blend in with those from the adjacent park.
The WOHA-designed hotel contains 15,000 square meters of sustainable sky gardens, waterfalls, and planter walls that provide a breathable environment for hotel guests.
The 637-room hotel won the “2013 Best of Year Award for Hotel Common Space”.
With the verdant greenery and fluid lines, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering stands apart among low historic shophouses in Chinatown with its ‘hotel-in garden’ design.
Inside you’ll find green walls plated by waterfalls for relaxation or outdoor dining onsite near these eco-conscious designers’ masterpieces.
Sky gardens are also environmentally friendly, using solar cells, motion sensors, rainwater harvesting, and reclaimed water to function.
The design for this hotel was intended to have an E-shaped plan, with all guest rooms facing northward towards the park or sky gardens while also providing views of these spaces from each room.
Services were placed on the southern side so guests could easily access them when they enter/exit its external connecting corridors.
Nearest MRT Station: Clarke Quay
Jewel Changi Airport
The complex was designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie of the famous Safdie Architects company, with Peter Walker and Partners as the landscape architect.
Built over the former open-air car park in front of Changi Airport Terminal 1. The Jewel development added 70% more space to Terminal 1’s arrival hall and baggage claim areas. It increased the handling capacity from 21 to 24 million passengers a year.
Jewel comprises gardens, attractions, a hotel, 300 retails, eating establishments, and early baggage check-in aviation services.
Located at the heart of the mall, the indoor garden Shiseido Forest Valley has a spectacular indoor waterfall (HSBC Rain Vortex) and lush green space with an exquisite floral layout.
The eye-catching waterfall feature, which holds the world’s tallest indoor waterfall title, is 40 meters high and collects rainwater for reuse.
The mall features over 2,000 trees and palms with 100,000 shrubs lining its tiered gardens, encouraging you to take time out from your shopping trip to enjoy this lush environment.
Nearest MRT Station: Changi Airport
Named one of Asia’s most innovative buildings for its creativity in blending commercial space with residential living quarters seamlessly without any distractions or obstructions while sustainable.
Marina One’s unique architectural louvers, inspired by Asian rice terraces in a valley, allow greater air circulation and improved microclimate thanks to the ‘City in a Garden’ concept.
The characteristic louvers and extensive greenery improve the microclimate and enhance biodiversity. In contrast, the organic form of the building cluster with its iconic louvers contributes to this.
The award-winning Marina One is a Certified LEED Platinum and BCA Greenmark development designed by Ingenhoven Architects. They collaborate with Gustafson Porter + Bowman and ICN Design International as landscape architects.
The complex has two 750-foot tall office towers and two 475-foot residential buildings connected on lower levels by an open podium. It embraces spacious gardens with tropical plants worldwide.
The garden includes over 350 varieties of trees and plants, with 700 trees planted in a landscaped area of 37,000 square meters.
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Located at the Kent Ridge Campus within the National University of Singapore, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is a natural history museum.
It houses the world’s most complete collection of specimens from Southeast Asia.
The W Architects-designed building exterior includes a six-story cliff-like fissure opening that contains a variety of plants native to Singapore. The plants were chosen from species that thrive in Singapore’s seaside cliffs.
Two reasons influenced the museum’s rock-like shape – the exhibition and storage of non-light-friendly specimens and future growth.
Because of the museum-wide programmatic requirements for preserving artifacts, the structure had to be a nearly windowless monolithic block.
The museum has a variety of interactive exhibits with grasses, such as freshwater mangroves, palms, and other indigenous blooming plants.
The walks of the gardens guide passers-by to stop and appreciate the plants on their route between the structures.
A phylogenetic garden and a beach-like environment with interactive mangrove pools can also be found on the museum’s eastern side.
Nearest MRT Station: Clementi