Entire forest to be built in Singapore high-rise apartment atrium:

Green Heart, in Singapore’s Marina One, is set to be a green space like never before. Including a multi-level public garden, calming waterfalls, reflecting pools, and a dense web of lush trees, this massive 376,000-square-foot project will be a one-of-a-kind green urban space when it’s officially launched in 2016.

The brainchild of German studio Ingenhoven Architects and Singapore A61, construction of Marina One began in 2012. The work has since been handed over to landscape architecture firm Gustafson Porter, which is now converting the space into Singapore’s largest green urban sanctuary – with four high-rise apartments already surrounding the space.

Pathways and ponds will blend seamlessly into the surrounding business district as a way to complement the existing green spaces of Gardens by the Bay, a 101-hectare park of reclaimed land that sits beside Singapore’s Marina Reservoir.

Curving balconies will resemble traditional Asian rice terraces, with additional plant beds scaling the facade, culminating in lofty “cloud forests” above.

A triumph in green urban design, Green Heart will set the standard on a scale never seen before. “The planting is designed to create inspiring and multifunctional urban spaces to be enjoyed by all in Singapore,” Gustafson Porter told De Zeen magazine.

Image courtesy of M+S Pte Ltd.