Singapore's Parkroyal on Pickering not only has tiers of greenery draped in its contours, but the ample open air space for the outdoor plazas and gardens at the base of the building make it look like the hotel is floating. The design allows the building to max out on space: The 15,000 sm of plantings, water features, waterfalls, terraces and green walls come out to 215% of the site's area.
This week, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) named the Parkroyal on Pickering the Urban Habitat Award winner for 2015. The award, which was founded in 2014, recognizes tall buildings' contributions to the urban realm.
The five-star hotel and four other finalists were chosen "for their exemplary designs that are intelligently influenced by both their environmental and cultural context, and which add to the social sustainability of both their immediate and wider settings," according to a CTBUH press release.
The winners and finalists will be celebrated at an awards ceremony at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago on November 12. The symposioum will have presentations from the owners and architects of each building.
The four other finalists were:
• Chatswood Transport Interchange (CTI) in Sydney, Australia
• d’Leedon in Singapore
• Jing An Kerry Centre in Shanghai, China
• Tour Carpe Diem in Paris, France