Gardens by the Bay, by Grant Associates in Marina Bay, Singapore. With the goal of creating a park that can function as an educational and recreational experience while showing the best of horticulture and garden artistry, Grant Associates designed the Gardens by the Bay park in Singapore. In doing so, the designers faced a lot of big challenges, the most complicated of which was the climate. Nevertheless, Gardens by the Bay is now one of the most beautiful tropical gardens in the word. What distinguishes this park from other landscape projects is its conceptualization. Because of its area (54 hectares on its first phase), Grant Associates had to rethink some landscape concepts — such as circulation and pathways — while promoting new concepts, such as aerial walkways and the orchid as a main design idea.
Gardens by the Bay
Based on these intentions, the Gardens by the Bay master plan is an interactive combination of pedestrian pathways, bicycle circulations, closed green areas denominated as Cooled Conservatories, and a series of public spaces. The most relevant areas are the Cool Dry Conservatory (discovery terraces), the Cool Moist Conservatory (cloudy mountain), the Languid Lake, the Lion Grove and Supertrees, and the Flower Market/Exhibition Hall.Well Thought Out Circulation A park as big as Gardens by the Bay needs a well-thought-out circulation design in order to function as a real green public space. To do so, Grant Associates established two different types of pedestrian and bicycle circulation: a panoramic route and a functional path. Both circulations perform an excellent role in the park. For example, the panoramic route goes through all the areas of the park and, finally, leads you to the bay — to the sea — as a final milestone. WATCH: Designing Gardens by the Bay | Singapore | Grant Associates
18 Supertrees for a Super Tropical Project In the words of Architect Andrew Grant, director of Grant Associates, one of the most important aspects of the project was to break the flatness of the site. To do this, 18 supertrees were created. Their design is based on the geometry of orchids, a flower that is very common in Singapore.
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So, what first started as an international competition and was later developed by a multidisciplinary team including Wilkinson Eyre (architects), Atelier Ten (environmental design consultants), and Atelier One (structural engineers) ended as a cutting-edge landscape project. Because of all of its characteristics, this project is a winner of 16 awards, including The Landscape Institute Awards 2013 for Climate Change Adaptation and World Building of the Year 2012.
Full Project Credits: Project: Gardens by the Bay Location: Marina Bay, Singapore Designers: Grant Associates Area: 54 hectares on its first phase (a total of 101 hectares) Client: National Parks Board Completed Date: June 2012 Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects Engineers: Atelier One, Atelier Ten Quantity Surveyors: Davis Langdon And Seah Collaborators: Thomas Matthews Location: Singapore Project Value: £500 Million
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