The green movement is more than just a DIY trend. Big brands are becoming more environmentally responsible. Gardens are growing to give back to the community. Celebrities are using their social status to raise awareness.
So it should come to no surprise that architects are in on the eco-friendly trend.
Every year, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recognizes projects that have made significant impact to urban environments and tall buildings, specifically ones that meet an impressive level of sustainability.
The 2015 winner of the Urban Habitat Award makes a massive garden out of a hotel. In Singapore, the PARKROYAL on Pickering is a 12-story hotel that is overflowing with green space – over 161,000 square feet to be exact. In total, the landscaped gardens cover an area more than twice the size of the footprint of the site, according to the CTBUH.
Looks aren’t everything for the PARKROYAL on Pickering. The hotel incorporates sustainable features, such as rainwater harvesting, automatic sensors that regulate energy and water usage and solar cells that power landscape lighting.
Before it even opened in 2013, the hotel had industry experts’ attention. Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority gave it a Green Mark Platinum certification, the highest in its category. PARKROYAL on Pickering has also won a Solar Pioneer Award and several accolades on Tripadvisor.