Marina One, which opened a year ago, is a model of enlightened development. It’s Singapore’s version of Rockefeller Center: a city within a city and a bold departure from the tower as an isolated object.
In contrast to the masonry shafts and sunken plaza of the Manhattan landmark, its forms are organic and they enclose lushly planted, multi-level gardens. It is also a model of sustainability and density: 20,000 people live and work, shop and play in a complex of four million square feet.
Singapore aspires to be “a city in a garden” and the Urban Redevelopment Authority requires that 25 percent of the site area of every new development be planted and made publicly accessible. Here, it is 125 per cent.
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