South Beach, Singapore’s biggest mixed-use development, has won the only Platinum SG Mark, presented at this year’s Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS) SG Mark awards.
Jointly developed by City Developments Limited (CDL) and Malaysian-based IOI Properties, the new project at Beach Road was built on a 3.5ha plot, and took eight years to complete. It faced design challenges that involved incorporating four conserved buildings with modern structures.
Several of the project’s green features impressed the judges, including a 280-metre long canopy that converts solar energy to electricity and collects rainwater to irrigate South Beach’s landscaping, as well as sky gardens which act as ‘green lungs’.
It is estimated that South Beach can save up to 17 million KWh of energy and 174,000 cubic metres of water annually.
“We believe that many of the principles behind this iconic building can be applied to future buildings to improve urban sustainability and overall aesthetic and practical appeal,” said Tai Lee Siang, President of the DBCS.
Several other local developments picked up SG Mark Gold Awards, namely the JTC Space @ Tuas development and the Singapore University of Technology and Design campus in Changi.
In total, 32 organisations picked up awards this year. Started in 2013, the SG Mark Awards are considered the Oscars of the design industry here. Previous winners include Gardens by the Bay, Botanic Gardens and Changi Airport.
Picture Source: South Beach was the big winner at the SG Mark 2016 awards. (Photo: Christopher Chitty)
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