As the residential population of the city is increased, there has to be
a corresponding increase in parks and open spaces. But this is impossible,
as there is limited availability of land for parks in the city. If parks
and other forms of public open space can be made part of high rise buildings
then the shortage can be ameliorated. Thus, if one can imagine a vertical
park in the 50-storey residential towers presently contemplated a pioneering
process could be set in motion. Imagine the vertical park linking all
the floors together. Imagine every 7 to 9 apartments (if one apartment
is substituted by granny flats) can have access to a pocket park on every
floor. These then can be linked in a spiral formation to the pocket park
above and below it. Gentle step-ramps could allow connection up and down
the entire height of the building. As the spiral makes a complete turn,
it serves between 56 to 72 units. 6 turns rises the full 50 storeys. The
total length of the vertical park created is approximately 1km. in length
in each tower block. A total of over 4 km. of linear park is thus produced
in the 5 blocks! Plants in the park will be selected for low maintenance
and wind tolerance. Amenities such as park benches, koi ponds and other
community facilities can be installed as and when needed. An automatic
irrigation and fertilising system will ensure healthy plant growth. A
small composter on each floor recycles nutrients from the leaf litter
back into the plants.
thus have the opportunity to stroll up and down the high-rise towers enjoying
the views and nature close by as never before. Opportunity in forming
cohesive communities is generated. Apartments next to the pocket parks
on each floor can be planned as granny flats for oldies to live close
to their loved ones and give them the opportunity to enjoy and care for
the pond and greenery at their door step.
is a viewing deck and a rainwater-collecting surface for rooftop tanks.
Extensive lightweight rooftop sunshades block off the west sun on the
are in a 3-deck basement but a single three stack deeper basement with
mechanical car stackers is also considered with possible cost savings.
The high clearance basement also allows maintenance truck access.
is achieved by trellised canopies clearly located at all the vehicle drop-off
points. Basement lobbies are clearly positioned and lit. The drop-off
point for the low slab-block (Block E) along Cantonment Road is in the
basement lobby. Step-ramps also connect pocket parks on each floor adjacent
to the lifts of this block. The façade of this block is planted-out
by creeping ficus onto a solid sound-barrier wall with fix glass lights
along the naturally ventilated common access corridor.
The gently sloping landform is preserved and most of the perimeter trees
are kept. The two LKY trees are transplanted back after the completion
of the construction. The openness of the park-like character of the site
is maintained as an urban park amenity for the residents and for the local
community alike. Perimeter block layout is deliberately avoided so that
views from the surrounding roads are not blocked. The terrain can thus
be seen to flow smoothly down to meet Duxton Plain Park. A large planted
trellis with retractable fabric roof underneath shelters a paved multipurpose
surface located adjacent to the Tanjong Pagar Community Club for related
and spillover activities.
colonnade and landscaped pedestrian deck surrounds the base of the towers.
This forms an urban edge to the central green oval. The various retail,
civic facilities and service shops are designed to produce a variety of
behavioural settings to encourage a lively civic urban culture to evolve.
A specially commissioned bronze elliptical monument at the main entrance
to the scheme commemorates the historic importance of the site.
The cost yardstick of S$1350/sq m is derived from schemes where the densities
are much lower and thus there is ample open space for residents. At the
extremely high densities proposed for this scheme, a separate provision
has therefore to be made in addition to the budget for vertical open spaces
integrated into the buildings. The proposed vertical park has thus to
be treated as a separately funded element outside the budget. It could,
perhaps be drawn from an enhanced park infrastructure budget of the city
allocated to encourage urban living. Setting the additional cost of the
vertical park aside, the preliminary cost plan indicates that the inherent
economy of the central core geometry of the tower structures and the special
design of the parking basement enables the cost to be within the cost
yardstick of S$1350/ sq m.