Green Architecture: Living Gardens at Park Royal Hotel in Singapore

Singapore-based architects WOHA have added a touch of nature to the city center by integrating three, living and fully sustainable sky gardens into their design for the PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel in Singapore.

The hotel is heavily contoured in design and draws inspiration from the natural landscape of South East Asia, such as abundant rice fields and mountainous regions. These contours flow seamlessly through the exterior and interior of the building enabling guests to experience the gardens at almost any level. The hotel is situated opposite Hong Lim Park and encourages biodiversity by inviting a wealth of neighboring insects and birds into the garden landscapes. On the roof, rainwater is collected and used to supply nutrients to the hotel’s greenery, while solar cells power outdoor lighting and special hydroponic lamps.

In an interview with Phaidon, Richard Hassel of WOHA describes the project as “a study of how we cannot only conserve our greenery in a built-up high-rise city centre but multiply it in a manner that is architecturally striking, integrated and sustainable. Normally an architect is trying to make things that are as static as possible, and resist wear and tear. But plants grow, and change, and drop leaves, and wilt and die if you forget about them.”

The hotel, which is now open for bookings, was recently awarded the Green Mark Platinum, which is Singapore’s highest level of environmental certification.

Read our recent post on Iceland’s ION Hotel, which is similar in its sustainable execution. – Samantha Fox

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