In just three years since its opening, South Beach Singapore has become a must-visit Beach Road landmark.
There’s no ocean in sight, but South Beach’s distinctive, wave-like microclimatic canopy provides natural ventilation – like a lovely sea breeze. Its architecture (by the award-winning Foster + Partners) is designed with the idea of blending innovative form with environmentally sustainable design that fits with Singapore’s tropical climate. Check out the impressive green features that follow, and feel free to make South Beach your new favourite hang out!
The slanting walls of its two towers, which – just SYK – are filled with Grade-A office space, a design-led luxury hotel and high-end residences, help to direct air flow to the lower areas. Meanwhile, the shingled glass on the buildings’ exteriors promotes shading, controlling the amount of heat and light that enters the buildings. This high-performance glass – together with demand-controlled cooling and ventilation systems – brings a substantial decrease in heat gain than most conventional buildings!
Bonus: The distinctive microclimatic canopy, which floats across the entire South Beach development, filters sunlight and channels breezes into the public spaces, all while harvesting renewable energy and rainwater.
Like trees do, the buildings irrigate themselves by harvesting rainwater. The rooftop gardens as well as lower points of the canopy collect the water, which is then recycled for irrigating the lush gardens throughout the area.
There is a harvesting tank underground, too. It collects rainwater from the towers and canopy, which is then pumped back up into three separate holding tanks above ground level to irrigate the plants and trees in the sky gardens and tower planters.
Strategically positioned sky gardens and vertical green walls help to minimise the so-called “urban heat island effect”. Likewise, sky terraces and balconies are designed to improve air quality, reduce CO2 emissions and lower energy demands.
Fun fact: South Beach’s conservation blocks, which house bars, restos and a Grand Ballroom (Blocks 1, 14 and 9, respectively), used to be the headquarters of the Singapore Volunteer Corps back in the 1930s, and later doubled as the headquarters of the Singapore Military Forces set up in 1954.
The camp was closed in 2000, and the three buildings together with the neighbouring Singapore Armed Forces Non-Commissioned Officer (SAF NCO) club, were gazetted for conservation. By saving these blocks, South Beach combines rich history with innovation – and sustainability for the future.
There’s just something special about the glowing aura of South Beach’s towers at night. During the day, photovoltaic cells integrated in the canopy convert solar energy to electricity in order to light up the buildings once the sun goes down – saving a whopping 30 percent of energy every year! Because of its innovation and sustainability efforts, the towers won the prestigious FIABCI and BCA Green Mark awards.
South Beach Residences holds 190 posh apartments (located at the 23rd level onwards) with stunning views of the skyline. Its energy-efficient fixtures and fittings help save up to 2 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is enough to make anyone green with envy!
Located below, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach has 634 rooms and suites with amenities such as the signature Spa by JW, internationally-acclaimed Akira Back, and the delicious Beach Road Kitchen steps away on the ground floor.
Location: 26 Beach Rd, 189768
By Mizah Salik, The Finder Issue 296, December 2018
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