Winners of the 10th Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards

BASF Learning Campus (Singapore) by Coen Design International.
BASF Learning Campus (Singapore) by Coen Design International.PHOTO: STEPHANIE GAUTAMA

Outstanding achievement award winner

BASF Learning Campus (Singapore) by Coen Design International

This conservation project restored three black-and-white heritage bungalows in Rochester Park, turning them into a corporate learning facility.

The landscape evokes the tropical colonial garden style prevalent at the time the houses were built. More than 70 trees were preserved on this 6,300 sq m site, including a 150-year-old Tembusu tree, Banyan trees and a rare Vitex pinnata.

 

Signs with plant names and their brief histories were also installed.

Gold winner (Commercial Building category)

Westgate by Coen Design International

The landscape within the 18,000 sq m Westgate is infused with blue and green concepts - a tribute to the water ways and verdant vegetation that once dotted Jurong.

There are water features - such as water jets with colour-changing lights in the mall.

Vertical green walls run from the external facade of the mall into the naturally ventilated internal courtyard, giving visitors the experience of being in a mall within a garden.

Gold winner (Institution category)

Institute of Technical Education Headquarters and College Central by Grant Associates

College Central, which specialises in creativity and innovation, is the third and final ITE College here. The building and landscape are closely integrated and layered.

The first floor, known as the "spine", is a key feature. It runs through 12 educational blocks, connecting several aerial walkways and terraces. It also contains a series of gardens and "plinths" planted with trees and colourful plants.

A water feature runs along the spine, creating cool seating areas within the shade of the gardens.

Other Gold winners in this category include Four Acres Singapore by DP Green and BASF Learning Campus (Singapore) by Coen Design International.

Gold winner (Residential category)

The Nassim by ICN Design International

Form, simplicity and elegance are emphasised in the landscape design here. The apartments on this 11,386 sq m site are sleek and stylish, evoking the architecture of historic colonial houses.

The designers chose plants that are reminiscent of the serenity of the colonial era, including delicate white frangipanis and giant tiger orchids facing the pool deck and majestic ficus lyrata trees rising from the basement.

Other Gold winners in this category include Casa Merah Condominium by Sitetectonix and d'Leedon by ICN Design International.

Gold winner (Parks and Public Spaces category)

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve by Atelier Dreiseitl Asia

Environmentally-conscious designs are used to seamlessly facilitate the interaction between humans and wildlife in this new 31ha extension at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Five observation pods, each shaped in the form of a shell, allow visitors to have an unobstructed view of mangrove life without disturbing the wildlife.

Man-made gigantic "prop roots" and "pencil roots" found on the Junior Adventure trail allow children to experience what it feels like to be a crab or mudskipper in the mangrove, while a floating platform mimics the instability of walking on mudflats.

Gold winners (Master Planning category)

An Environmental Framework for the Sustainable Future of Endau Rompin by Grant Associates, New Town Public Housing in Tampines by ICN Design International and River of Life Master Plan by Aecom Singapore.

Lea Wee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 13, 2015, with the headline 'Winners of the 10th Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards'. Print Edition | Subscribe