JTC Space @ Tuas
The nature of science
From nature, we derive science. From science, we in turn, derive the design of nature. Thus, when conceptualising the landscape of the eight-storey JTC Space @ Tuas Biomedical Park, we chose to dwell on the relationship the built environment has with the bio-medical services it houses. This includes instrument calibration, equipment fabrication and maintenance. The result was a landscape design that drew inspiration from the natural patterns in biology and chemistry; lending shapes and form to the vertical greening and hardscape design.
At the first storey, existing rain trees are interspersed and enhanced with the Rose of India trees to add colour and break the monotony of the regimentally planted rain trees at the public roadside table. Upon entry, the drop-off porch is graced by an elliptical landscaped island, planted with a ring of Philodendron selloum plants to greet visitors upon arrival at the main entrance. Flanked by public amenities comprising a clinic and child care centre, the main arrival hall affords an element of surprise with its 50-metre long central courtyard with daylight streaming in from above.
Exposed to the elements, a veritable rain-forest garden is created using tropical species with parasol-like crowns such as Dillenia reticulate, Schefflera actinophylla and Eurycoma longifolia, casting dappled shade on the seating deck while nestling a children’s playground within its lush greenery.
On the eight storey, a 35-metre long linear sky terrace awaits the users. Here, amoeba-shaped islands of seating are dotted within the landscape; linked by a sinuous, paved pathway. Following alongside this pathway, wave-bands of groundcovers are laid out in a similar fashion, wrapping around these islands. Again, groves of different forest tree species are planted along these bands of groundcovers at designated spots to frame the seating islands while affording shade. This sky-terrace garden remains the ideal spot to catch a breath of fresh air and taking in vantage views across the Tuas Biomedical Park.
Integrated services provided for this project.