Tierra Design

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Tierra Design is a design studio headquartered in Singapore. The firm's main focus is landscape architecture.


Its sister company, known as Tierra Design Studio, specialises in architecture and interior architecture.


Tierra Design was founded by Martin Palleros (Argentina), Natalie Gunewardene (Sri Lanka) and was joined by Franklin Po in 1995. Since 2001, the firm's principal registered architect and accredited landscape architect, Franklin Po has led the practice. Mr Po holds a master's degree in Architecture from the University of California Los Angeles and also a Bachelor in Biology from UCIrvine. [1]

Landscape Architectural Projects

Tierra has completed many landscape design projects around the world.

Completed in 2007, Changi Airport Terminal 3 interior landscape is one of the best known projects of Tierra, [2] and has been featured in several architecture magazines. [3] The green tapestry in this project is 14 meters high and 300 meters long. [4] The project won an Honor Award from American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

In 2008, Tierra Design planned the landscaping for Banyan Tree hotel in Lijiang China, a 900-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site. [5]

At 158 Cecil Street, Singapore, in 2011, a seven-stories high indoor "green wall" vertical garden was designed. [6] [7] This work received several awards, including Skyrise Greenery Awards First Prize in 2011, and World Best Vertical Garden Design Gold Award in 2012. [8]


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