Royals visit Singapores new super gardens
Bay South is the first of three gardens to be completed as part of the dramatic Gardens by the Bay scheme, which when it is completed will rank as one of the largest gardens of its kind in the world, covering 101 hectares of reclaimed land.
Gardens by the Bay has also been shortlisted for two awards at the World Architecture Festival (WAF), which is to be staged in Singapore for the first time next month (3-5 October 2012).
Grant Associates is responsible for master planning Bay South, which covers more than 54 hectares and has been designed to provide ‘a remarkable blend of nature, technology, environmental management and imagination’. Highlights include 18 ‘super-trees’ – 25-50 metre vertical gardens which are illuminated at night – and two giant cooled conservatories, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and housing Mediterranean and tropical plants.
The project also includes a rich variety of gardens, designed around the themes ‘Plants and People’ and ‘Plants and Planet’.
Alongside lead designers Grant Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the British design team for Bay South includes: Atelier Ten (environmental design consultants); Atelier One (structural engineers); Land Design Studio (museum and visitor centre designers); Thomas Matthews (communication designers); Squint Opera (animations) and Buro 4 (design management). The team was supported by a number of Singapore Consultants including: CPG (architecture, civils and structures, M&E); Meinhardt Infrastructure (civils and structures); Langdon Seah (cost consultants); LPA (lighting design); PMLink (project management) and WET (irrigation).
Architects from around the world are being given a prime opportunity to visit Gardens by the Bay, when the World Architecture Festival (WAF) is held in Asia for the first time at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 3-5 October 2012.