7/24/2012

Gardens by the Bay


Gardens by the Bay is one of the largest Garden projects of its kind in the world.  Ultimately, the site will total 101 Hectares comprising three district gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central.  Located on reclaimed land in Singapore's new downtown at Marina Bay, the site will provide a unique leisure destination for local and international visitors.  The project is an integral part of Singapore's "City in a Garden" vision, designed to raise the profile of the city globally whilst showcasing the best of horticulture and garden artistry.



The 54 Hectare mater plan takes its inspiration from the organization and physiology of the orchid.  The orchid is the national flower of Singapore and is the most cosmopolitan species of flowering plant in the world.  At the same time it is typically epiphytic or transient in its colonization of habitats.  It seemed appropriate to its designers at Grant Associates to capture the essential qualities and characteristics of orchids in the layout and underlying philosophy for these new gardens.





The master plan has evolved from its conception into a highly sophisticated and integrated 3D network of horticulture, art, engineering and architecture.  It is chasing the idea of creating a highly distinctive and decorative garden landscape underpinned by serious engineering of environmental infrastructure and world-class garden architecture.  This holistic vision is captured in the concept diagram of the garden ecosystem.




The Theme Gardens showcase the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry.  together with mass flowering and colored foliage landscape, they form a spectacle of color, texture and fragrance, providing a mesmerizing experience for visitors.  There are two collections, namely the Heritage Gardens, and The World of Plants, which center on the subjects: 'Plants and People' and 'Plants and Planet' respectively.




There are a total of 18 Supertrees ranging from 25 to 50 meters in height.  The Supertrees are a fusion of nature, art and technology and, as such, are emblematic of the master plan approach.  They are at one level spectacular vertical gardens and landmark features, at another they they are the environmental engines for the Cooled Conservatories incorporating devices for water harvesting and storage, air intake, cooling and exhaust, photovoltaic arrays and solar collectors.



During the day the Supertree canopies provide shade and shelter.  At night the Supertrees come alive with lighting and projected media that activate the city skyline.  The Supertree Grove includes a 128 meter long aerial walkway, 22 meters above ground level.  The 50 meter Supertree has a treetop bar offering panoramic views of the Gardens and surrounding Marina Bay area.