Gardens By The Bay (Marina Bay, Singapore)
Designers - Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter
The Gardens by the Bay contains three waterfront gardens. The Bay South Garden is 130 acres and is still being developed. The Bay East Garden is 79 acres with 1.2 miles of waterfront that embroiders the Marina Reservoir and opened in 2011. The Bay Central Garden is 37 acres with 1.9 miles of waterfront and opened in 2012. It also contains two conservatories, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. The Flower Dome is larger and contains garden displays showcasing Australia, South Africa, South America, the Mediterranean Sea, and California. The Cloud Forest is taller because it contains a treetop walk but is smaller in size and contains ferns, orchids, conifers, club-mosses, fly-traps, and tree ferns.
The Supertree Grove, another part of The Gardens, contains 12 Supertrees. A Supertree is a man-made tree, twenty-five to fifty meters tall, made up of a reinforcement concrete core, trunk, planting panels, and a canopy. The canopy provides shade during the day and the whole tree has embedded lights to light up the night sky. Also, eleven of the Supertrees have photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy to sustain the park. The Supertree Grove is beautiful during the day and at night. If I were were go to Singapore, I would spend a whole day just exploring the Supertree Grove.
Once I heard about this project, I knew that one of my posts would be about the Gardens by the Bay. I was first introduced to the Gardens by the Bay while at my internship at a local architecture firm. A worker there showed me the video listed below and, when I got home, I researched all about the gardens and Supertrees. I love the idea of these gardens so much and can not wait to visit Singapore because of them.
For more information about Gardens by the Bay, please visit their homepage at http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/home.html
Here is a short clip about the Gardens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geKHBz8JUhE