17 Aug Biophilic Design: CapitaSpring, Singapore

Biophilic Design incorporates natural elements into a space to create a positive impact on your wellbeing. Mimicking shapes and textures found in nature, these elements are meant to blend indoor and outdoor design to create one cohesive living environment. We are seeing cascading greenery, floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding screen doors, tropical gardens, water views, botanical prints and more. All with the intention of enhancing the experience of the space.

88 Market Street in Singapore is a 280m tall high-rise jointly designed by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. The building design redefines workplace standards by blending urban life with tropical nature. The exterior features outstanding vertical elements which allow greenery to become intertwined with the industrial facade.

Carlo Ratti describes his approach to the design: “The project explores the relationship between cities and nature – a recurring topic in Western history, from Ancient Greece to Frank Loyd Wright’s or Ezebener Howard’s Nineteenth century urban utopias. In the 20th century, cities expanded outwards to conquer nature and the countryside. We believe that today’s challenge is the opposite: how do we bring nature back to the city? The project tries to answer this question, offering a glimpse on tomorrow’s offices. I am particularly fascinated by what my colleague Edward O. Wilson, the great Harvard biologist, has called termed biophilia hypothesis: the idea that all of us are “programmed” to feel good when immersed into nature. Why can’t we achieve that same sense of happiness in the heart of our cities? CapitaSpring will be a test for that.”


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