Beyond the visible biophilic design, Singapore’s first hotel-in-a-garden integrates technology and eco-friendly practices that conserve resources and reduce waste, as well as places sustainability at the core of the guest experience
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A landmark in the heart of Singapore’s vibrant Chinatown, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering – designed by world-renowned architects WOHA – pioneers a unique hotel-in-a-garden concept that seamlessly blends urban luxury with nature.
The BCA Green Mark Platinum-certified hotel spotlights a biophilic design which draws inspiration from naturally-occurring landscapes like the picturesque rice fields of Bali, and features over 15,000m2 of sky gardens, planter terraces and cascading vertical greenery that constitutes more than twice the hotel’s total land area.
Green design & innovation
In a nod to its strong sustainable design integrated with forward-thinking business principles, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering is among the first developments in Singapore to incorporate the use of Cobiax technology in its built, a system that reduces concrete usage by placing “void formers” made of environmentally-friendly recycled plastic.
Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the hotel’s lush foliage also serves another practical purpose by reducing the energy required to cool the iconic green structure for the comfort of guests. Through evaporative transpiration, the greenery is able to absorb the heat, shade hard surfaces, and lower the temperature of the 367-key property.
The garden concept continues to the guestrooms’ corridors, which are rejuvenated by thriving leafage and waterscapes, sunlit pathways and fresh air.
The guestrooms and suites have also been designed to allow as much natural light in as possible and are equipped with sliding walls to augment the sense of space, without any compromise on comfort.
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering’s tactile undulating building design also houses Singapore’s first zero-energy sky gardens powered by solar energy cells. In fact, the 262 solar panels can generate up to 65,000kWh of renewable energy for the hotel each year.
The newly-completed rooftop urban farm continues to bear testimony to the hotel’s unwavering commitment to sustainability. Home to 50 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and edible flowers that are regularly harvested and used as garnishes, aromatics and ingredients at the restaurant, bar and spa, the hotel brings the farm-to-table, farm-to-bar and farm-to-spa concepts to life. In doing so, it also reduces the hotel’s reliance on food deliveries and lowers its carbon footprint.
Guests keen on eco-friendly travel will be heartened to know that sustainable sourcing and procurement are evident in the hotel with its choice of amenities like its paraben- and cruelty-free soap and biodegradable packaging.
As part of the hotel’s waste management initiative, the food waste digester converts food waste into greywater, which is responsibly discharged into sewage instead of being added to landfills.
Besides, the conservation of resources is also clearly built into the infrastructural capabilities of PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering. Saving up to six million litres of water annually, the resort-style property’s comprehensive energy and water conservation features include light, rain, motion, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide sensors.
The hotel’s extensive landscaped areas are designed to be self-sustaining and rely minimally on precious resources – water usage is minimised by rain harvesting and use of NEWater (recycled water). For instance, built-in rain sensors in landscaped areas automatically turn off irrigation once a certain amount of rainfall is detected.
Recent eco-friendly initiatives
In 2022, the hotel completed the installation of the premium 3M filtered water dispensers in every room, eliminating the consumption of approximately 230,000 plastic bottles each year and allowing guests to enjoy an unlimited supply of drinking water.
An electric car used for guest transfers was also introduced, along with the installation of on-site EV charging stations. Complimentary city bikes are now available for travellers to explore the neighbourhood on their own pedalling power too.
Often giving back to the community through events and activities such as beach clean-ups, participation in national movements like Go Green SG, supporting other green campaigns, and sharing more about biophilic design and eco-conscious living through educational hotel tours, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering is committed to making every effort – big and small – to contribute towards a more sustainable future.
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