By Martin Zoffmann
The substantial mixed-use building Kampung Admiralty has now won three significant awards since it was officially opened in May this year.
Kampung Admiralty (Kampung meaning ‘Village’ in Malay) is the first development in Singapore to fully integrate housing for the elderly, and hence Singapore's flagship vertical village, which has transformed a compact 2.2 acres site into a dynamic community heart.
Layers of blue and green
In setting out the vision to weave layers of blue and green infrastructures such as an eco-pond, green roof and rain garden into the building, Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl were the appointed landscape architecture and water sensitive urban design consultant for this development.
The site was officially opened back in May by the Prime Minister of Singapore Mr. Lee Hsien Loong and has also recently won the Skyrise Greenery Award and International Federation of Landscape Architecture Award.
100 % landscape replacement
Prior to development, the site remained as an empty unutilized field between residential towers, a marketplace and a train station. Over 100% landscape replacement was achieved through ground level planting, green roofs and vertical green walls.
"The judges admired the project for the way in which it dealt with the universal condition of longevity and health treatments, social housing provision, and commercial space, which enabled substantial public realm benefits," said Paul Finch, Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival.
"This hybrid building also incorporates a huge amount of greenery (more than 100% of its footprint) in a series of layered levels which have generated welcome biodiversity."
Kampung Admiralty was selected as the winner by a jury of four venerated representatives of the global architectural community - comprising Li Xiadong (Founder and Professor - School of Architecture, Li Xiadong & Atelier Tsinghua); Nathalie de Vries (Director and Co-founder - MVRDV); Frederick Cooper Llosa (Founder and Senior Partner - COOPER, GRANA, NICOLINI, Arquitectos) and Lesley Lokko (Head of Graduate School of Architecture – University of Johannesburg).
Kampung Admiralty project description
Climate adaptation & Landscape Architecture