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Gardens by Marina Bay, Singapore, Grant Associates, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Atelier One, Atelier Ten, Land Design and Davis Langdon & Seah

The elaborate and expansive Gardens by the Bay project is shortlisted for the Display Award

Located on reclaimed littoral land along Singapore’s Marina Bay, the Bay South garden is the 54 hectare third of a group of new landscapes along this shore. It is a complex three-dimensional ‘network of horticulture, art, engineering and architecture’ which evolved from the idea of the national flower of Singapore, the orchid’s organisation and physiology.

The nodules making up the scheme are marked by structural supertrees up to 50 metres high which are linked by a 135 metre aerial walkway. The two climate-controlled conservatories on the bayside cover 20,000 square metres.

The cool dry Flower Dome contains Mediterranean planting and the smaller but taller Cloud Forest replicates cool moist climate conditions with a planted mountain, a 35 metre waterfall, ravines and cloud walks. Their gridshell structure supports only the glazing with arches arranged radially in line with its geometry and set outside the skin resisting wind loading.


A planted mountain, with waterfall, inside the ‘Cloud Forest’ dome

413P546_hThe Gardens occupy low-lying reclaimed land: like the air conditioned greenhouses, a strategy of dubious sustainability

WAF Preview Introduction

The fourth World Architecture Festival will take place 3-5 October 2012 in Singapore. For further information on the event, which features an extensive lecture programme, including a keynote address by Peter Buchanan, go to:

Read the WAF Preview Introduction

WAF Preview Case Studies

Shearer’s Quarters, John Wardle Architects

The Rock Stadium, MZ Architects

Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, Australian Cox Architecture

Chasing Kitsune Food Truck, HASSELL Architects

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