Previously Published Projects

Nov-Dec 2017

CHINA FUZHOU JIN NIU SHAN TRANS-URBAN CONNECTOR

Set amidst the nature reserve of Jinniushan, one of the larger green lungs situated in the city of Fuzhou, the Fuzhou Forest Walkway (or Fudao) is an elevated steel pedestrian walkway system that stretches over 6.3 kilometres and covers approximately 19 kilometres along its path. It is a pedestrianised urban connector that provides public accessibility to indigenous hinterland stretching northeast of Minjiang, seeking to bring city residents closer to nature.

 
   

Nov-Dec 2017

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, JODHPUR
by Bhawna Jaimini

The institute started in 2008 as a makeshift campus, but was later announced that it would become a permanent campus. The first phase of the campus, conceived to be a net-zero energy, water and waste desert town, is already completed.

 
   

Nov-Dec 2017

MAPLETREE BUSINESS CITY II

Architects and landscape designers have been taking into account the natural and urban ecosystems by embedding designs that address the physical and emotional needs of users, as well as incorporating climate-responsive strategies. Mapletree Business City (MBC) II is an example that seeks to embrace a modern working lifestyle with environmentally friendly urban spaces that allow nature to thrive. MBC II is the second phase of the MBC development.

 
   

Sep-Oct 2017

Lingang Bird Airport

Lingang Bird Airport is envisioned as a revitalising public space, where it will breathe life into the Tianjin shoreline while functioning as an ecological conservation area. It seeks to respond to targeted environmental conditions, offering refuge for several endangered bird species. The architects have collaborated with an ornithologist, and hope to ultimately deliver constructed wetlands and a parkland.

 
   

Sep-Oct 2017

Nature Takes Centre Stage

In a bid to expand or improve our living settlements, we have been encroaching the water’s edge along rivers and seas. In recent years, the rise of blue-green infrastructures has played a vital role in striking a balance between built structures and natural water bodies. Here, we showcase two projects where the waterways were revitalised by incorporating strategies to amplify the natural elements and building site-sensitive structures and systems while retaining the original topographies.

 
   
Sep-Oct 2017
Mangrove Tetrapods

In 2016, based on the function of tetrapods, a group of designers decided to marry the concepts of artificial and natural sea defences to create a hybrid structure that is equipped with a planted pot (hence the name TetraPOT). These hollowed structures, weighing a ton each, house mangrove seeds held in biodegradable pots that decompose within two to three months as the roots grow downwards to reach for water. 

 
   
Jul-Aug 2017
Resorts and Placemaking

Not only do these resorts offer a respite for weary tourists, they attempt to fit into their localities and implement environmentally friendly initiatives that seek to conserve, respect and respond to the fragile sites. 

In this story, we feature two resorts that are built unobtrusively into ecologically sensitive premises, and look at how they aim to be restorative developments in their respective ways.
 
   
Jul-Aug 2017
The InterContinental Hotel Songjiang

Located in Tianma Mountain, Songjiang, Shanghai, the quarry pit is nearly 100 metres deep, surrounded by cliffs, with a pool that came about from the slow accumulation of rainwater. The first of its kind five-star luxury hotel built on a quarry, it will have a series of landscaped gardens and water features so that the property seems to be carved out of the terrain.

 
   
Jul-Aug 2017
Myrtle Garden Hotel
Shaped like an infinity loop overlapping another curvilinear structure, the Myrtle Garden Hotel is a striking piece of architecture that attempts to blend into the surrounding landscape. It sits within the largest myrtle flower garden in Asia, and is partially ‘inserted’ into the slope of a small hill, giving it a continuity with the topography.
 
   
Jul-Aug 2017
Waikiki Wetland Resort
by Bhawna Jaimini

Waikiki in Hawaiian means spouting fresh water, which refers to the springs and streams that feed into the wetlands. Drawing from that name, Waikiki Wetland Resort is situated in a distinctive and sensitive ecosystem along the Konkan coast in India, somewhere along the borders of the state of Maharashtra and Goa.
 
   
Jul-Aug 2017
Arjuna Hotel Batu
Against a scenic backdrop of mountainous topography, Arjuna Hotel Batu sits quaintly along a main road. The site planning was conceptualised as a kampung, an indigenous settlement that promotes social interactions. The colour scheme and materials reference nature—wood, exposed stones and Portland cement—blending the building into the surroundings.
 
   
Jul-Aug 2017
Katamama Hotel

Dominated by red bricks that were intentionally left exposed, Katamama Hotel is a 58-suite boutique hotel that places an emphasis on modern designs with the use of traditional materials that are customised with local craftsmanship.

 

 

 

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