Singapore is one of the most densely populated regions in the world. The designers at WOHA are enhancing quality of life in the megacity by planting vertical gardens.

Last Resort: The designers at WOHA are enhancing quality of life in the megacity by planting vertical gardens
© Lucas Foglia, courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, from the book Human Nature, recently published by Nazraeli Press

Trees sometimes really do grow as high as the sky: In the city-state of Singapore, they grow alongside climbers and hanging plants on four stories of the Parkroyal hotel on Pickering, on the edge of Chinatown. They form a roughly 15 000-square-meter green area that simultaneously cools the 89-meter-tall building and cuts air conditioning costs. Rain collected on the roof is used to water this useful jungle, which helps Singapore breathe, as does a new law introduced in 2018 which limits the number of new car registrations.

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