Day 82/365 of Steel – Gardens By The Bay

Bay South Garden opened to the public on 29 June 2012.

Singapore's famous "Garden by the Bay"
Fig 1: Singapore’s famous “Garden by the Bay”
Photo: Facebook

The Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares in the Central Region of Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens. The largest of the gardens is the Bay South Garden at 54 hectares designed by Grant & Associates, Inc. Its Flower Dome is the largest glass greenhouse in the world. Bay East Garden has a 2-kilometre promenade frontage bordering the Marina Reservoir. It is designed as a series of large tropical leaf-shaped gardens, each with its own specific landscaping design, character and theme.

Flower Dome and Cloud Forest In The Gardens by the Bay
Fig 2: Flower Dome and Cloud Forest In The Gardens by the Bay
© CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

The conservatory complex at Gardens by the Bay comprises two cooled conservatories – the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, situated along the edge of Marina Reservoir. The conservatories are intended to be an energy-efficient showcase of sustainable building technologies and to provide an all-weather edutainment space within the Gardens. The Flower Dome is the world’s largest columnless glasshouse.

Cloud Forest
Fig 3: Cloud Forest
© Supanut Arunoprayote.

Supertrees are the 18 tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens’ landscape with heights that range between 25 m and 50 m. They are vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include planting, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens. These Supertrees consist of concrete trunks with a canopy made of a complex of steel tubes that form the branches at the top of each tree. The tops of some of the trees have solar cells that will generate power for use in the conservatories below. The trunks of the Supertrees are similarly clad in a steel frame and draped with many types of climbers, flowers and ferns.

The Suspension Bridge Between The Trees at the Gardens by the Bay
Fig 4: The Suspension Bridge Between The Trees at the Gardens by the Bay
(PHOTO: Getty Images)

A 128 m long suspension bridge links two of the taller trees together and allows visitors to soak in the view from 22 m above the ground.

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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