SINGAPORE - Residents of the new 11-storey Kampung Admiralty complex have another reason to smile with Singapore's first retirement community receiving an award for outstanding landscape architecture.
With its 'vertical kampung' design, the hub integrates residential units with shops, childcare and eldercare centres, and medical facilities. The first residents moved in only recently.
On levels six to nine, the complex has a combined rooftop community park, edible garden and rainwater catchment area.
The building will receive the Outstanding Award this year - the highest accolade - at the seventh Skyrise Greenery Awards on Thursday (Nov 9). The event was launched by the National Parks Board (NParks) in 2008 to recognise excellence in landscape architecture in Singapore.
Submissions were evaluated based on building types: commercial or industrial, community facilities, educational institutions, multi-unit residentials and small-scale residentials.
Thirteen other urban green developments will receive Excellence Awards on Thursday as well, for displaying excellence in skyrise greenery designs, or Special Awards, for displaying more specific merits, like having an edible rooftop garden.
Prizes include trophies, plaques and certificates for all the winning developers, but the Outstanding, Excellence and Special Awards recipients will receive $8,000, $1,500 and $500 cash respectively.
NParks said that it worked with different agencies over the years to take an innovative approach towards Singapore's rapid urban development, and land scarcity, by building greenery in urban landscapes. This set the context for the creation of the biennial awards.
There was a record 177 submissions this year - a 40 per cent increase from 2015 - and a steady rise from nine submissions in 2008.
The Skyrise Greenery Awards are a part of the International Skyrise Greenery Conference, held on Thursday and Friday, in conjunction with the third international GreenUrbanScape Asia (Gusa) conference, held at the Singapore EXPO.
Gusa 2017, which starts on Thursday, features three days of conferences and exhibitions about the latest greenery projects, urban design methods, and cutting edge technology.
Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework (Leaf) certification will be presented to 14 developments at the event.
Leaf-certified developments have set new limits for landscape architecture, urban greenery, and biodiversity enhancement.
Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development, and Second Minister for National Development will present the awards.