The high-rise oasis supports the city’s vision for vertical urbanism with a mixed-use building housing 80,000 plants

CapitaSpring is a 280-metre-high oasis that continues Singapore’s vertical urbanism with a neighbourhood of restaurants, office space, residence and sky gardens from the ground all the way up to the 51st floor.

Located at the heart of Singapore’s financial district on the site of a former public car park, the 93,000sq m mixed-use building is defined by orthogonal lines, lush greenery and contrasting textures.

At multiple elevations, the vertical elements comprising the building’s exterior are pulled apart to allow glimpses of the greenery. The tower reinforces Singapore’s reputation as a garden city, housing over 80,000 plants, with a Green Plot Ratio of more than 1:1.4.

On street level, CapitaSpring restores a portion of the historically significant Market Street to the public realm by pedestrianising the stretch and creating an expanded landscaped area.

Garden paths create natural entryways into the City Room, an 18-metre-high open space at the foot of the tower which provides shelter from the tropical sunlight and showers.

The building’s second and third floors are home to 56 food stalls, while the first eight floors are dedicated to the serviced residence including a range of facilities such as a swimming pool, jacuzzi, jogging track, gymnasium, social kitchen, resident’s lounge and barbecue pits. The top 29 floors offer office spaces with panoramic views of the Singapore River and Marina Bay.

At the core of the building between the hardscapes of the offices and residences are four connected levels of organic softscape dubbed the “Green Oasis” – a 35m open-air garden for work, casual strolls, relaxation, exercise and events.

The Green Oasis weaves nature vertically into the architecture and mimics the plant hierarchy of tropical rainforests. Shade-tolerant plants with large leaves are found on the “rainforest floor,” requiring the least amount of direct light. Moving towards the canopy layer – the “roof” of the rainforest – trees are defined by their smaller leaf structure.

CapitaSpring’s rooftop garden, with views of the city, is home to 1-Arden Food Forest. Currently, over 150 species of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, are grown across five plots to supply the building’s restaurants with fresh food.

The building also has amenities which support Singapore’s sustainable transport vision, including 165 bicycle lots, fully equipped facilities and a 600-metre cycling path around the building’s perimeter, which connects to Singapore’s larger cycling network.