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38 Landscape Architect and Specifier News In the center of the building, Gustafson Porter's design for the 'Green Heart' creates a smooth transition between the sculptural and planted elements of the building's architecture. The firm's landscape design is based on the understanding how public space is used in Singapore. There is a perception that the climate is too hot and humid to design for active outdoor spaces. The landscape architects took the positive attitude that the right design would enhance the quality of experience and make better use of the public realm in this development and for the surrounding city. "Our design for the Marina One's 'Green Heart' creates a seamless transition between the sculptural and planted elements of the building's architecture. Its design is based on our thorough understanding of how public space is used in Singapore," explains Mary Bowman, a partner with Gustafson Porter + Bowman. "By breaking down the barriers between air conditioned interior space and exterior shaded space, we can still create spaces to dwell which are softened by plants, by a light breeze and the sound of water movement," she added. Right: Ingenhoven architects designed the four towers to appear as a plant-covered mountain in the Singapore skyline. The Marina One residences will be housed in two 34-storey towers and will accommodate 1,042 people in units ranging in size from 1 bedroom to elaborate penthouses. Far Right: Above the Green Heart will be 'Strata Terraces', a 'Cloud Garden', 'Green Screens' and 'Rooftop Gardens' that allude to the changing environments and habitats experienced while ascending a mountain. There will be two sky gardens on levels 28 and 29, with the "largest "Grade-A" office floors in Singapore. Marina One is a high-density, mixed-use building complex in the heart of Singapore's new Marina Bay financial district. The project supports Singapore's ambition to become a "City in a Garden." Designed by Ingenhoven architects to appear as a plant-covered mountain rising up into the Singapore skyline, the four- tower scheme will include the city's largest public plaza, lush plantings, green sky terraces and tree-covered public spaces on the rooftops.