Singapore is rapidly gaining a place as the leader in vertical greenery.
Buildings such as the plant-covered 24-storey Tree House condominium, the lush Parkroyal Singapore with its huge garden balconies, the Newton Suites, the School of the Arts and the Sky Greens vertical vegetable farm all show a city where plants are going up with the buildings.
According to Singapore’s Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell – the much-awarded founders of architecture firm WOHA – most vertical greenery to date has been tacked on to conventional architectural forms.
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The next steps include reshaping buildings to make the plants happier and to link green walls and small “sky gardens” into linked “sky parks”.
Their eventual aim: green up the emerging, densely populated “hypercities” of more than 10 million people, in line with the ideals of the “Garden City” movement, an urban planning method that began in 1898 in the UK.
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