At Kampung Admiralty, the first building in Singapore that brings together a mix of public facilities and services under one roof, city dwellers also enjoy a variety of community spaces enshrined in nature to encourage a greater sense of ownership through community involvement.
Housing a community farm, roof gardens, vertical greens, a park, and a stream with aquatic vegetation, Kampung Admiralty’s green spaces amount to more than a hundred percent of its footprint. Strategically designed, it has the potential to serve as a model for future developments that aim to balance both human and biodiversity needs.
Unsurprisingly, when a survey was conducted to find out visitors and residents’ perception towards the building’s greenery, 95% of respondents supported having more green areas. Yet only 60% supported the notion of a biodiversity-rich building. While people appreciated and like more biophilic design, how do we go about improving their attitudes towards sharing green spaces with wild neighbours?