31. October 2012 / Peter Zöch
A walk through Gardens by the Bay
Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, has recently won the World Building of the Year Award at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2012. Topos 78 features Gardens by the Bay, the largest landscape architecture project in Singapore’s history. In the video below Andrew Grant, director of UK landscape architects Grant Associates, walks around the park, reflecting on the ideas and inspirations behind the design of the spectacular Supertrees, Cooled Conservatories and Themed Gardens.
The commission to design the 54-hectare Bay South garden was won in 2006 by a team led by Grant Associates, including Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Atelier One, Atelier Ten, Land Design and Davis Langdon and Seah. Wilkinson Eyre Architects developed the Cooled Conservatories.
Located in Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay is a key project in delivering the Singapore Government’s vision of transforming Singapore into a “City in a Garden”. At a total of 101 hectares, the project comprises three different parks: Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. Highlights of Bay South include 18 Supertrees (25 to 50 metre vertical gardens that light up at night) and two giant Cooled Conservatories, housing Mediterranean and Tropical climate plants. The project also includes a rich variety of Horticultural Gardens, designed around the themes “Plants and People” and “Plants and Planet”.