The first phase of Singapore’s dramatic Gardens by the Bay project has opened to the public on 29th June following completion of the 54-hectare Bay South Garden by a world-class British design team led by Bath-based landscape architects, Grant Associates.
One of the largest garden projects in the world, Gardens of the Bay site will be built on 101 hectares comprising three distinct gardens– Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central.
The project is a part of Singapore’s “City in a Garden” vision, designed to raise the profile of the city globally.
Following an international design competition, a team led by landscape architecture firm Grant Associates was appointed in 2006 by the National Parks Board of Singapore to masterplan Bay South Garden. Alongside lead designers Grant Associates, the British design team for Bay South includes Wilkinson Eyre(architects); Atelier Ten (environmental design consultants); Atelier One (structural engineers); Land Design Studio (museum and visitor center designers) and Thomas Matthews (communication designers).
Inspired by the form of the orchid, Grant Associates’ masterplan is a rich fusion of nature, technology and environmental management. Stunning architectural structures are combined with a wide variety of horticultural displays, daily light and sound shows, lakes, forests, event spaces and a host of dining and retail offerings. The whole plan has an intelligent environmental infrastructure, allowing endangered plants, which could not normally grow in Singapore to flourish, providing both leisure and education to the nation.
The elements called ‘Supertrees’ of the project is just stunningly amazing. 18 Tree-formed giant structures from 25 to 50 meters height are vertical gardens/flower beds covered with tropical flowering climbers, epiphytes and ferns.
In daylight, the trees and their huge canopies provide shade, shelter and help moderate temperatures for flowers. At night, the canopies lit with special lighting. Eleven of the trees are embedded with solar photovoltaics to generate electricity for lighting and water technologies to help cool the conservatories.
Photography by: Darren Chin, Craig Shepperd, Robert Such.