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Singapore is getting way greener thanks to this architectural firm

WOHA wants to fill the city with tropical vertical ecosystems

July 30, 2016 04:00PM

Parkroyal on Pickering tower in Singapore

Parkroyal on Pickering tower in Singapore

Construction goes around the clock in the dense nation state of Singapore. But increasingly, the wealthy island is turning away from the typical trappings of new construction and focusing on developing environmentally conscious architecture. And that is in large part thanks to the firm WOHA.

Singaporean architecture firm WOHA recently designed the PARKROYAL on Pickering, a high-end hotel that feature terraces literally dripping foliage. And that isn’t their only sky garden.

Founded in 1994 by Richard Hassell and Wong Mun Summ, WOHA says it is committed to combating the process of global warming in tropical Asian cities.

“Skyscrapers don’t have to be shiny machines,” Hassell told Curbed. “We can introduce other concepts to their design and they can turn out quite differently.”

They are currently working on designing vertical ecosystems and using the Green Plot Ratio, which compares newly planted vegetation with the amount of vegetation present before it was developed.

The firm is currently exhibiting “Garden City, Mega City,” which is open until September 4th at the Skyscraper Museum in New York City. [Curbed]Christopher Cameron

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