Singapore’s property giant, CapitaLand received recognition from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s Awards 2015 for its commercial building CapitaGreen, the firm announced in a press statement Monday (22 June).

CTBUH Award recognises projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, as well as achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

The 40-storey office building was awarded with the CTBUH 2015 Best Tall Building Award for Asia & Australasia Region.

“We tried to develop a new ecological building by designing a sky forest at the top of the building, and a way to channel clean air into the building,” Lim Ming Yan, President & Group CEO of CapitaLand Limited, said following the recognition. “Office buildings in the 20th century have artificial environments, which are separated from nature. CapitaGreen is a perfect example of a high-rise office which has an indoor environment that is not artificial, but connected with nature,” he added.

Over half of CapitaGreen’s perimeter façade is covered by living plants, amounting to a 55 percent green ratio, CapitaLand said. The office building has an energy-efficient, double-skin façade comprising a primary curtain wall of glass and secondary layer of teeming planters cuts solar heat gain by up to 26 percent.

“CapitaGreen indicates a viable way forward for the high rise vegetated façade – within the double skin of a tall building, offering solar shade and possible agricultural output, as well as environmental and psychological benefits,” Antony Wood, Executive Director of the CTBUH.

The 242-metre building was jointly developed by CapitaLand, CapitaLand Commercial Trust and Mitsubishi Estate Asia.

Meanwhile, CapitaLand’s residential project d’Leedon was a finalist in the Urban Habitat Award category. The award recognises projects that demonstrate a positive contribution to the surrounding environment, add to the social sustainability of both their immediate and wider settings, as well as represent design influenced by context, both environmentally and culturally.

CapitaLand has received five CTBUH accolades since 2013. The award-winning projects include CapitaGreen, d’Leedon, The Interlace, and Raffles City Chengdu.

Image: CapitaGreen (Source: CapitaLand)

Sources: CommercialGuru, Jun 22, 2015

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