The Green City of Singapore

Green Architecture has a great impact on today's Architecture. 

Architecture evolves from time to time for improvement, from simple to functional to sustainable design. One of the practices that an architect can approach is Green Architecture or Green Design. It is a sustainable method of designing and constructing with the environment in mind. It is not just about merely putting plants on the wall to be a sustainable building; a Green Architect would find a sustainable solution that minimizes a harmful effect on humanity and the environment. 

A Green Architect must provide or consider any of the following to come up with a green solution : 
  • Ventilation systems designed for efficient heating and cooling
  • Energy-efficient lighting and appliances
  • Water-saving plumbing fixtures
  • Landscaping with native vegetation and planned to maximize passive solar energy
  • Minimal harm to the natural habitat
  • Alternative renewable energy power sources such as solar power or wind power
  • Non-synthetic, non-toxic materials used inside and out
  • Locally-obtained woods and stone, eliminating long-haul transportation
  • Responsibly-harvested woods
  • Adaptive reuse of older buildings
  • Use of recycled architectural salvage
  • Efficient use of space
  • Optimal location on the land, maximizing sunlight, winds, and natural sheltering
  • Rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse

Singapore, as one of the modern cities, aims to be the World's Greenest City in which most of their buildings and places were dedicated to being an eco-friendly one. The country almost provided the essential things to be fully sustainable. Just even you arrived at the Airport, green design is already notable. 

Showing some photos I've taken during our tour:

Well-lighted airport
Well-lighted airport
Ceiling design and trees inside the airport

The mini garden inside the airport
Singapore Changi Airport, commonly known as Changi Airport, is a major civilian airport that serves Singapore and is one of the largest transportation hubs in Asia. It is currently rated the World's Best Airport by Skytrax for the seventh consecutive year since 2013. It is also the first Airport in the world to do so for seven consecutive years and is one of the world's busiest airports by international passenger and cargo traffic. The Airport is located in Changi, at the eastern end of Singapore, approximately 20 km (12 mi) from Marina Bay (Singapore's Downtown Core), on a 13-square-kilometer (5.0 sq mi) site.

Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore, owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. At its opening in 2010, it was billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion ($5.88 billion USD), including the land cost. The resort includes a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000-square-metre (1,300,000 sq ft) convention-exhibition center, the 74,000-square-metre (800,000 sq ft) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, art-science exhibits, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340-meter-long (1,120 ft) SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150 m (490 ft) infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67 m (220 ft). The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie architects.

Less lighting fixture, less energy consumption. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands have close to 93,000 m2 (1,000,000 sq ft) of retail space with over 300 stores and F&B outlets, featuring boutiques such as Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Cartier, Prada, Gucci, Hermès, Emporio Armani, Chopard, REDValentino, Dior, Dunhill, Vertu, Miu Miu, Saint Laurent Paris, Salvatore Ferragamo, Montblanc, Blancpain, Vera Wang Bride, an Hermès watch boutique, and Herve Leger. 

Sheds at the Marina Bay

Roofing design for footbridge

At the Gardens by the Bay

At the Gardens by the Bay

At the Gardens by the Bay

At the Gardens by the Bay

At the Gardens by the Bay

The Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) in the Central Region of Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden (in Marina South), Bay East Garden (in Marina East) and Bay Central Garden (in Downtown Core and Kallang). The largest of the gardens is the Bay South Garden at 54 hectares (130 acres) designed by Grant Associates. Its Flower Dome is the largest glass greenhouse in the world.

The roofing system of The Esplanade or Singapore Durian Convention Center

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (also known as the Esplanade Theatres or simply The Esplanade) is a performing arts center located in Downtown Core near the mouth of the Singapore River. Named after the nearby Esplanade Park, it consists of a concert hall that seats about 1,600 and a theatre with a capacity of about 2,000 for the performing arts. The design consists of two rounded space frames fitted with triangulated glass elements and sunshades, which balance outward views with solar shading.

These are just a few from the green buildings that Singapore has. It's incredible how Singapore established Green Architecture and how they made the buildings into a sustainable one. This is why Singapore is one of the must-visit countries. They successfully made nature and building into one where both being protected the environment and humanity and didn't make the buildings to be the toxic one.

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