Martin Modern

A prime site in central Singapore’s River Valley is being transformed into a wooded environment. More than 80% of the site will be turned into unique botanic gardens showcasing native tree species. Drawing on traditions of classic landscapes, its garden rooms will feature aspects of delicate forests providing habitat for attractive birds and butterflies. Across this three levelled terraced landscape, walking trails wander through opening glades, interspersed with water features of varying moods.

Underpinned by urban ecological principles, the landscape recreates appropriate biodiversity for this city site. Designed as a lowland forest with multi-tiered woods, meadows and reed-edged aquatic pools, the character is carefully simulated with more than 200 species of trees, palms and plants. Some natives, like Jelutong, Meranti and Chengal will be re-introduced, becoming a natural home for birds such as Sunbirds, Yellow Vented Bulbuls, Black-Naped Orioles and King Fishers, along with dragonflies and butterflies. Sustaining this diversity, water systems will be integrated through rain gardens, constructed wetlands and ponds.


  • Landscape feasibility, concept & site planning
  • Design, development & documentation
  • Implementation & design management


  • Forest landscape
  • Woodland nature play & maze garden
  • Bathing pools terrace 
  • Tennis court and recreation facilities
  • Secret garden, private tower apex
  • Sustainable site water management system


Gold Plus BCA Green Mark Awards 2019

Design Excellence Award EdgeProp 2018

Landscape Excellence Award EdgeProp 2018