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42 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 44 performance at the heart of the space. While the outer face of the four towers strictly follows the city grid, the maximized inner space is a free-formed three-dimensional biodiversity garden. Openings between the high-rises, sky gardens in-between the podium, the elevated towers, as well as the shape itself, improve the air flow and create a comfortable microclimate within the multiple levels of the central garden. The Cloud Garden is designed to be a relaxed setting for those wishing to escape the more frenetic activity going on at the base of the Green Heart. At the "mountain's peak" will be the Green Screens and Rooftop Gardens, filled with climbing vegetation that screen service facilities from view and provide habitats for insects and birds. Marina One's office towers meet the "LEED Platinum pre- certification" and the local "Green Mark Platinum" standards for their sustainable design. The 30-storey towers, each with a floor area of 175,000 sq. meters, will feature two sky gardens and two high-density floors on levels 28 and 29. The high-density floors will be the largest "Grade-A" office floors in Singapore. The luxurious "Marina One Residences" will be housed in the two 34-storey towers, accommodating 1,042 residences. The units range in size from one to four bedroom units to penthouses. The building footprint is penetrated by air wells and slots to ensure natural ventilation for all of the units, thus meeting the stringent Green Mark Platinum criteria. In addition to a compact and efficient building layout, the environmentally-smart design also features energy-saving ventilation systems, a highly effective external sun-shading system and high "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." —Mary Bowman, partner with Gustafson Porter + Bowman Green Heart, Level 3: Scented Ribbon Baphia nitida Dillenia philippinensis Hedychium coronarium Hedychium coranarium Quisqualis indica phuket Fagraea ceilanica Plumeria Dwarf Bauhinia variegated 'Alba' Cananga odorata Myristica fragrans