The tree bursting cocoon by CRA and BIG

CRA and BIG fuse tropical nature with mordern architecture in Singapore's new tower for Capitaland

Project Name : 88 Market Street Highrise
Project Location : Singapore
Project Size : 93,000 sqm
Architects / Designer : Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) and Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG)
Project Status : Design proposal
Website : www.carloratti.com/ | www.big.dk/
Instagram : @crassociati @big_builds

The 280m tall high-rise on 88 Market Street, jointly designed by Torino, Italy based architecture firm CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati and Danish firm BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group is an oasis in the bustling Central Business District of Singapore. The tower, one of tallest in Singapore, blends urban life with tropical nature, redefining and elevating workplace and living standards for its users while adding an elegant new landmark to the Singapore skyline.

Located in the heart of Singapore’s financial district, the new 93,000 m2, tech-integrated and verdurous skyscraper which includes the ‘office of the future’, a serviced residence and retail components, transforms the site of a former car park complex built in the 1980s. CRA and BIG were selected to design the 51-story high-rise 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 its groundbreaking ceremony on February 9th and is expected to be completed in 2021.

At the ground floor, visitors will be met by a public rainforest plaza and park. A series of spacious activity pockets invite possibilities for fitness sessions, temporary art installations or other community events. Meandering garden paths and covered passages create natural entryways into the City Room, a 19m-high generous open space at the foot of the tower.

The City Room welcomes tenants into separate lobbies for the offices and residences, as well as shoppers and diners into the food center within the tower’s podium.

The first eight floors of the tower are dedicated to the serviced residence including a wide range of facilities such as a swimming pool, jacuzzi, jogging track, gymnasium, social kitchen, residents’ lounge and barbeque pits. The top 29 floors of the tower offer premium office spaces with panoramic views to the Singapore River and Marina Bay.

At the core of the building between the hardscapes of the offices and residences are four connected levels of organic softscape, called the Green Oasis – a mesmerizing 30m open-air garden for work, casual strolls, relaxation, exercise and events. The multi-leveled oases are connected by a spiraling botanical promenade that creates multiple viewpoints of the vertical park within and the Singapore landscape outside.

The Green Oasis is a tranquil haven of winding walkways and comfortable seating areas for working outdoors or simply lounging in the shade. At about 100m above ground, the tropical garden will feature a jungle gym, treetop cocoons, sky hammocks and a café.

Images by © Carlo Ratti Associati and Bjarke ingles Group


A project jointly designed by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
CLIENT: CapitaLand
COLLABORATORS: RSP Architects, Dragages Singapore, BIG Ideas, BIG Landscape

TEAM: Carlo Ratti, Giovanni de Niederhausern, Saverio Panata (Project lead), Monika Love,
Antonio Atripaldi, Andrea Giordano, Chiara de Grandi, Damiano Gui, Mariachiara Mondini, Andrea Pedrina, Andrea Riva
3D VISUALIZATION: Alberto Bottero, Gary di Silvio, Gianluca Zimbardi
CONSULTANTS: dotdotdot – Alessandro Masserdotti, Fabrizio Pignoloni, Gabriele Gambotto

PARTNERS-IN-CHARGE: Bjarke Ingels, Brian Yang
TEAM: Aime Desert, Aleksander Wadas, Aleksandra Domian, Alessandro Zanini, Andrew Lo, Anke Kristina Schramm, Antonio Sollo, Augusto Lavieri Zamperlini, Bartosz Kobylakiewicz, Dalma Ujvari, David Schwarzman, David Vega y Rojo, Dimitrie Grigorescu, Dina Brændstrup, Dominika Trybe, Elise Cauchard, Eriko Maekawa,

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