Welcome to the era of the 'super garden'...
A team of West Country designers has proudly unveiled this incredible £500 million garden – covering an incredible 134 acres.
The stunning ‘super garden’, one of the biggest projects of its kind in the world, has been built on reclaimed land in Singapore’s new downtown at Marina Bay.
It features 18 man-made trees the size of sky scrapers, towering up to 50 metres above the ground – and visitors can even stroll between them via a 20-metre-high aerial walkway.
These ‘vertical gardens’ feature tropical flowering climbers, epiphytes and ferns and are lit at night with specialist lighting and a media display.
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The project, named ‘Gardens By the Bay’, also has a conservatory complex comprising of two biomes – containing Mediterranean and tropical plants and flowers.
Architects and designers from the UK have also planted ten gardens, forming a “spectacle of colour, texture and fragrance” with tropical horticulture and floral artistry.
These are split into two collections, the ‘Heritage Gardens‘, reflecting traditional life in Singapore and ‘The World of Plants’ which explores the biodiversity of plants on Earth.
Andrew Grant, is director of Grant Associates in Bath, a landscape architecture firm which led the project.
He said: “Our brief for Gardens by the Bay was to create the most amazing tropical gardens in the world, incorporating cutting edge environmental design and sustainable development principles.
“We had to factor in the challenges of both the Singaporean climate and working on a reclaimed waterfront. We wanted to capture people’s relationship with nature and use innovative technology to create rich lifestyle, educational and recreational experiences for both local residents of Singapore and visitors from around the world.
“All these elements informed the vision and creation of the gardens.”
Grant Associates was first appointed to create dramatic Gardens by the Bay – which will eventually cover 101 hectares, or around 250 acres – in 2006 following a design competition.
The site will eventually comprise of three distinct gardens, Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. The firm has completed Bay South, the first and largest of the three planned gardens, which has a special environmental infrastructure to allow endangered plants to flourish.
There are two giant biomes on the site designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects – the ‘Flower Dome’ and ‘Cloud Forest Dome’ to provide a ‘edutainment’ space for visitors.
Dr Kiat W Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay added: “We are excited to finally share the treasures of this new garden with Singapore and the rest of the world.”