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80% of tower blocks site to be converted to gardens

Main image: Martin Modern in Singapore -15 Gardens and more than 200 species of tropical trees and plants

A prime site in central Singapore’s River Valley is being transformed into a botanical garden. The two-towered Martin Modern features five gardens and more than 200 species of tropical trees and plants.

The towers are situated on 1.6 hectares of land, with gardens designed by landscape architect ICN Design Interactional. GuocoLand reprises the collaboration with ip:li Architects and ADDP Architects with award-winning master architect Yip Yuen Hong of ip:li.

More than 80% of the site will be turned into unique botanic gardens showcasing native tree species. Drawing on traditions of classic landscapes, its garden rooms will feature aspects of delicate forests providing a habitat for attracting birds and butterflies. Across these three levelled terraced landscapes, walking trails wander through opening glades, interspersed with water features of varying moods.

 Indoor-outdoor living inspiration

The tower blocks are designed to provide unobstructed views of the internal landscaped space, and higher floors provide a view of Singapore’s Marina Bay. Each unit has generous window heights promoting air ventilation, while private enclosed spaces and balconies allow for an extension of indoor-to-outdoor living space. Martin modern will provide a swimming pool with pool deck, indoor gym, tennis court, children’s playground and lounge room.

Calming botanical garden

This amazing project includes a forest trail, maze, bio-pond, a bamboo grove and an aquatic garden between the two towers, along with secret gardens on the 30th-floor rooftop of each building.

All residents have easy access to nature from the two 30 storey towers. Underpinned by urban ecological principles, the landscape recreates appropriate biodiversity for this city site. Designed as a lowland forest with multi-tiered woods, meadows and reed-edged aquatic pools, the character is carefully simulated with more than 200 species of trees, palms and plants.

Green and sustainable design

The structures are limited to a 20% footprint of the site, creating more space for greenery. The project’s green and sustainable products, energy-efficient air conditioners, lighting and water systems are incorporated into all units and common areas, reducing residents’ carbon footprint.

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