WOW Architects' new biophilic resort to feature 'seed-shaped' tree houses

by Andrew Manns | 30 May 2019
Native flora and fauna served as inspirations for the resort's design.
– Wong Chiu Man

International design practice WOW Architects have been selected to create a 338-key resort with biophilic elements in Singapore.

The as-yet-unnamed getaway, which will be situated on a 4.6-hectare peninsula near Singapore's Central Catchment Reserve, will also boast 24 eco-lodge tree houses that blur the "boundaries between nature and living spaces".

Speaking on the project, WOW's co-founder, Wong Chiu Man, said: "Our building and its systems adopt a biophilic attitude, by blending with and becoming a part of nature, all the while creating an engaging and comfortable environment for the guests."

He added: "Native flora and fauna served as inspirations for the resort's design, and the architecture and interior design will showcase the biodiversity of Mandai to educate guests.

"When completed, the building and the landscape will become a holistic, immersive experience."

According to Mike Barclay, Group CEO of Mandai Park Holdings – the scheme's developer – the resort will also encourage guests to take an active role in wildlife conservation.

"Through carefully crafted design features and programmed activities," he explained, "the Mandai resort experience will encourage guests to be conscious of and care for the plants and animals in the surrounding rainforest."

The retreat is expected to be completed by 2023.

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International design practice WOW Architects have been selected to create a 338-key resort with biophilic elements in Singapore. The as-yet-unnamed getaway, which will be situated on a 4.6-hectare peninsula near Singapore's Central Catchment Reserve, will also boast 24 eco-lodge tree houses that blur the "boundaries between nature and living spaces". Speaking on the project, WOW's co-founder, Wong Chiu Man, said: "Our building and its systems adopt a biophilic attitude, by
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The future 4.6-hectare resort will be located a stone's throw from the Singapore Zoo. / Mandai Park Holdings
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