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CURRENT ISSUE - Jul-Aug 2015

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The FuturArc Interview
Liak Teng Lit - Group Chief Executive Officer, Alexandra Health System
Chairman, Board of Directors, National Environment Agency,

Workplace Wellness
Glumac Shanghai
Aoyama 346
Same but Different
Office @ Alexandra Hospital
Malaysia’s Green Offices

Milestones & Events

Product Advertorials



Workplace Issue | The Biophilic Space

That potted plant sitting on your desk says something of what you need. That it’s there, that you brought it in, may also allude to a failure of the building where you are.

Biophilia is our innate desire for proximity to nature or all things natural. We want access to water and plants, to feel sunlight and wind on our skin. These regulate our biorhythms; they make us feel better. We know this intuitively but research tells us how much healthier and productive we become, when these are made available to us indoors. And when we totally disconnect from nature for long periods, there will be problems. There’s even a name for it: nature deficit disorder.

Biophilic design is a list of strategies and features that, in a nutshell, seeks to integrate natural elements and materials, sights, sounds and smells, into an otherwise unyielding matrix of steel and concrete.

Arguably the most justifiable application of biophilic design must be healthcare. Where is this more needed than places where people are sick or recovering? Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) in Singapore (see FuturArc Green Issue 2011) pioneered the notion of a healing environment through biophilic design. CEO, Liak Teng Lit—the subject of The FuturArc Interview this issue—recounts how the idea came about and how it was translated from drawing board to construction site to operations. In the sidebar we see the next generation of biophilic hospitals, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), which—through an unusual floor plate—brings the window and a view next to each patient’s bed.

This is clearly an important trend, and it reaches beyond the hospital typology. In this issue we showcase the office building. Writer Miriel Ko looks at what is meant by a biophilic workplace, what it means to the occupant. Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle takes us on a tour of a couple of projects in Australia; Dr Zalina Shari introduces us to two in Malaysia. In each write-up, there is a discussion of what the project team did and why.

It’s not hard to agree on this: as a matter of principle, everyone will say this is a good thing. The question, as always, is how much it costs. Will there be payback? Time will tell how indicators of cost play out.

We ask that you be the judge of projects in the issue. Tell us if there are others in your city that deserve to be acknowledged.





July 2015 News Roundup

The 2015 winner of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Urban Habitat Award is the PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore, remarkable for its extensive greenery throughout, and its porous, pedestrian-oriented integration with the ground plane. read more


June 2015 News Roundup

Although a house is a much bigger commitment compared to goods and services, there is an increased demand for eco-friendly homes in most emerging nations, such as Sri Lanka. read more


May 2015 News Roundup

Coordinated efforts by six cities in China are expected to reduce air pollution by decreasing the concentration of airborne particles that can penetrate the lungs and harm health. The cities currently have their own emergency systems and impose different restrictions on the use of vehicles on smoggy days. read more


April 2015 News Roundup

This year, Earth Day, the world’s largest civic event marked on 22 April every year, is commemorating its 45th anniversary with the theme “It’s our turn to lead”. read more


March 2015 News Roundup

According to Hoang Van Hien, chairman of Hien Luong agricultural co-operative, biofertilisers made from farm waste is replacing industrial products in rice paddies, peanut and vegetable farms. read more

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2015 Australian Interior Design Awards

With over 400 entries across the programme’s 13 categories, the 12th year of the Australian Interior Design Awards celebrates the achievements of the country’s design community in a diverse range of projects.  read more


EnviroSeries Conference: Business Considerations in Conserving Natural Capital

The Business Environment Council Limited (BEC) organised the EnviroSeries Conference on 21 May at JW Marriott Hong Kong entitled Embracing Natural Capital in a Densely Built Metropolis: Challenges and Solutions for Achieving Environmental Sustainability. read more


Sunray Opens S$30-Million Integrated Office-Cum-Production Building

Sunray Woodcraft Construction Pte Ltd (Sunray), a home-grown provider of interior built environment solutions in Singapore, has moved into its new premises to celebrate its 28th anniversary. read more


Toto Launches Architect Seminar Programme in Singapore

Toto Asia Oceania brought its first architect seminar programme to Singapore on 12 May at The Star Performing Arts Centre. It featured Sou Fujimoto, a renowned Japanese architect. Themed Futures of the Future, the event celebrated the 30th anniversary of Toto Gallery MA, the company’s non-profit gallery in Tokyo that promotes architecture and design. read more


BCA Awards Ceremony 2015

On 14 May, 2,500 attendees attended the annual BCA Awards Ceremony. Two hundred and twenty one Green Mark Awards, including 70 Platinum Awards and 58 GoldPlus Awards, were given out, bringing it close to the goal of Greening 80 percent of Singapore’s buildings by 2030. read more


Green Living 2015 – The Eco-Lifestyle Event

The inaugural Green Living 2015 exhibition was announced on 28 May 2015 at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. Seen as Singapore’s dedicated sustainability and design show with a focus on environmentally conscious consumers, it will run from 31 August to 6 September 2015, together with the rest of the events which are all part of the Singapore Green Building Week (SGBW). read more


BCI Asia Top Ten 2015

Since 2005, the BCI Asia Top 10 Awards has successfully placed itself among the most coveted awards for the Asian building and design industry. Held in seven different Asian territories; Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, the Top 10 Awards recognises developer and architecture firms with the highest value portfolios of projects during the last full calendar years. read more


Green Cities 2015: Only Connect

Held on 17–19 March, the theme for this year’s Green Cities was Connect, which proved a chance for the 700 attendees to connect both physically through networking opportunities, and intellectually to new ideas that will help them move beyond business as usual. read more


2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

Leaders of Australian architecture have been honoured at the 2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards held in Melbourne on 19 March. The Australian Institute of Architects awarded prizes to respected practitioners, emerging architects, academics and students for their exemplary contribution to the profession across a range of disciplines. read more


14th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition

Organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC), and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Hong Kong exhibition entitled Fundamentally Hong Kong? Delta Four 1984–2044 at the 14th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition opened a dialogue on the tension between Hong Kong architecture and urbanisation of the Pearl River Delta. read more


HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards 2015

Organised by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, the HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards (CADSA) 2015 was successfully concluded by drawing international attention and dialogues on cross-strait architecture, as well as awarding the recipients on 28 March 2015 at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong. read more


MB Group’s Sales Gallery Launch in Singapore and Sungai Pulai Wellness Resort’s Ambassadors

On 26 February 2015, MB Group held the official launch of MB Group sales gallery in Singapore and announced the signing on of Singaporean-born actress, Fann Wong and her husband, Christopher Lee, as Sungai Pulai Wellness Resort’s ambassadors. read more

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More key speakers added to Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 roster

ASIA-PACIFIC - The list of industry speakers at this year’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference and exhibition, for those involved in sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology, has more than 50 speakers confirmed.

Benoy Chairman Joins British Prime Minister on Delegation to Southeast Asia

Benoy, the world-renowned firm of architects, masterplanners, interior and graphic designers, announced on 28 July that its chairman, Graham Cartledge CBE DL, is currently accompanying the British Prime Minister, the Right Honourable David Cameron MP, as part of the high profile trade mission to Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia.

The world’s greatest architecture festival returns as entries for the awards opens

The annual World Architecture Festival Awards was launched formally in London this week. The awards will be celebrated at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore this November, following three days of intensive live presentations and judging.

Cityscape Malaysia 2015 to host Malaysia Real Estate Summit and Islamic Property Finance Forum

Informa Exhibitions has announced that the latest edition of the world’s largest portfolio of real estate investment and development events will be held in Malaysia. The inaugural launch of Cityscape Malaysia 2015 is slated on 4 to 6 February 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Finalists announced for WorldGBC’s Green Building Leadership Awards

WorldGBC has revealed the finalists for the inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building. The biennial awards honours outstanding organisations for their commitment to sustainability, and celebrates innovative Green building projects.

Singapore’s Vertical Garden Enters the Guinness World Records as the Largest

A vertical Green wall built on the façade of the Tree House Condominium in Singapore was officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest vertical garden.

Update from Thai Green Building Institute

The Thai Green Building Institute (TGBI) has announced that it is preparing the TREES (Thai’s Rating of Energy and Environmental Sustainability) standard for core and shell, and existing buildings. This new Green building rating system is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Richard Rogers to chair the World Architecture Festival 2014 super-jury

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has unveiled this year’s ‘super jury’ comprising of a selection of the world’s leading architects and designers, led by renowned British architect Richard Rogers. He will be joined on the super-jury by Rocco Yim, Julie Eizenberg, Enric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich.

Shigeru Bayan Wins 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize

This year’s Pritzker Prize goes to Shigeru Ban, a Tokyo-born, 56-year-old architect with offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York. He is the seventh architect from Japan to receive the honour, which will be officially awarded on 13 June 2014, at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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