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The Sail Wins Two MIPIM Asia Awards

The Sail Wins Two MIPIM Asia Awards

NBBJ has received two significant awards for its innovative work on The Sail @ Marina Bay, a 1.2-million-square-foot mixed-use structure in the Republic of Singapore and one of the Republic’s first highly sustainable mixed-use developments.

NBBJ’s work was recognized at the MIPIM Asia conference, garnering first place in both the Residential Developments and the Participants’ Choice categories. More than 70 projects from 13 different countries throughout the Asia Pacific region were submitted for the MIPIM Asia Awards. The only project to win more than one category, the Sail is a collaborative effort of NBBJ’s New York and Los Angeles studios.

“The Sail will do more than just enhance Singapore’s reputation as a dynamic and beautiful place to live,” said NBBJ principal Timothy Johnson. “The buildings will also enable Singapore to compete for global citizens from all over the world by delivering high quality design and a new urban living environment and experience.”

Completed in August 2008, the 735-foot-tall Sail @ Marina Bay is the tallest residential high-rise in Singapore. Drawing inspiration from the wind, water and sun, NBBJ designed two glass-clad towers rising from a sculpted base. The innovative design makes both towers appear to be sails that are full of wind. The award-winning complex consists of a 63-story and a 70-story building featuring 1,111 residences, restaurants, health clubs, recreation decks with pools and tennis courts, and parking facilities.

More than 65% of the apartments command water views, giving residents panoramic vistas of the Marina Bay and the central city’s cultural, entertainment and retail areas. A quintet of “six-star” penthouses are the highest residential units in Singapore, and all of them have breathtaking views of the sea and islands beyond. The project includes amenities such as a hotel-style concierge service, a spa and an executive club lounge with dining facilities. Units in Tower One sold out in two weeks, while Tower Two was fully committed in two days. Sales prices for the units set new records for the Southeast Asia residential market.

The tower is fast becoming a new destination within the rich and diverse fabric of Singapore, while setting a benchmark for future buildings along Marina Bay. Developed by City Development Ltd. and AIG, the $200 million property incorporates various sustainable innovations such as high performance glazing. The Sail is one of the first residential towers in Singapore to utilize high performance glazing, which effectively reduces solar heat gain and lowers air conditioning usage. The building also is BCA Green Mark Gold Certified, the Singapore Government’s rating system for sustainable buildings.

Along with NBBJ, members of the design team include Team Design, associate architect; Kiat Supattapone, consulting architect; Axis, interior architects; and Belt Collins, landscape architects. Also involved in the project were Dragages Singapore - Bouygues Construction; structural engineers Precast Design Consultants and Meinhardt Pte Ltd, which also served as mechanical and electrical engineers; Davis Langdon & Seah, quantity surveyor/construction cost consultants; Cornell Wagner, curtain wall consultants; and lighting consultants LPA.