Kampung Admiralty, Singapore

Dense urban developments often have a detrimental impact on ecosystems and liveability. Kampung Admiralty demonstrates how nature and innovation create attractive, biodiverse, and resilient housing.
Ramboll has helped the Housing and Development Board in Singapore transform a compact 2.2 acres site into a striking and sustainable development where people and nature can thrive.
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.
Ramboll is responsible for design of the greenery and landscape, which includes a tropical rainforest, as well as water management systems.
Kampung Admiralty has become a biodiversity hotspot, transforming the ecological value of the neighbourhood. The diverse planting palette, including shrubs and trees providing fruit and nectar, attract a wide range of species. Water features increase this diversity by providing alternative habitats and a water source. A biodiversity audit found a total of 50 different species, including 19 bird species and 22 insect species. Two species of birds were found roosting on the site; and uncommon species such as the oriental magpie-robin and pied triller were spotted.
The average annual rainfall in Singapore is 2340mm. The design of the hydrological system allows for over a million gallons of tap water can be conserved each year as stormwater runoff is stored in the rainwater harvesting tank and reused for irrigation.
As well as promoting biodiversity, the eco-pond provides a natural cooling effect for the adjacent urban surroundings and acts as a calming environment for local residents.
The development has attracted critical acclaim with a Skyrise Greenery Award and World Architecture Festival Award.

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