We travelled to Singapore in July 2013 to train a crew to install the hemp for this innovative green build which was opened in late November. Different textures have been created using varying kinds of formwork and different tones have been achieved by using a variety of sands and pigments.
“Developed as an extension to the SBG Heritage Museum on Holttum Lawn by CDL, the CDL Green Gallery is Singapore’s first purposefully built zero energy Green Gallery, making the gallery self-sufficient. It is built with several eco-friendly technologies, including two innovative features introduced in Singapore for the first time – the biomaterial known as Hempcrete (largely made from the hemp plant) and a prefabricated modular system. The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has accorded this Gallery with the BCA Green Mark Platinum status – the highest tier of green buildings in Singapore. Clad with vertical green walls, the building is planted with selected species that attract butterflies such as the Plain Tiger and Chocolate Pansy. It is a part of the Botanic Gardens’ nomination bid as Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.”