Singapore is well known for its attempts to bring more greenery in the country. Singapore Zoo, the botanical gardens and the numerous parks and green patches in the city are a testimony of the country’s desire to create a green city. Owing to such successful attempts, Singapore has earned the title of being a “Garden City”. However, the people and the government here are not satisfied. They want more greenery and so, they have developed a new concept of changing the country from being a ‘Garden City’ to being ‘City in a Garden’. Gardens by the Bay are a result of such grand schemes of Singapore.
The geography of Gardens by the Bay :
Gardens by the Bay comprises of three green patches on the waterfront. The three gardens are called Bay Central, Bay South and Bay East. ‘Gardens by the Bay’ is located beside Marina Reservoir and at the heart of Marina Bay which is the new downtown in Singapore. The entire master plan is sprawled over 101 hectares. This $350 million green revolution project was launched in 2005 and is set to become one of the most prominent landmarks and a pride of the country. The plan includes creating quality space for urban recreational activities.
The development of Garden on the Bay :
Gardens on the Bay is being developed in phases. Youth Olympics Games of 2010 saw the opening of Bay East. At the time of opening, it was developed just as a park and a lot of development was still left over. A more developed Bay East was opened in November 2011. Phase One included the development of Bay South which was completed and opened on 29th June 2012. In the next phase, completion of Bay Central and Bay East will take place. The Bay South project is being handled by Grant Associates and Bay East Gardens is handled by Gustafson Porter.
In Bay South, which is the biggest of the three Bays, there are several structures which are nothing less than engineering marvels. The theme of the Bay is tropical horticulture. The architecture of the entire South Bay has been done keeping the orchid pattern in mind. The construction is in accordance to green architecture norms. Flower Dome and Cloud complex are the two cooled conservatories here which are epitomes of energy efficiency and conservation. Super Trees are very prominent here. These are 25m to 50m tall artificial trees comprising of vertical gardens. These trees are complete environmental houses. Besides, the Bay has two garden of horticulture themed gardens which show relationship between mankind and nature, a special flower market, a sustainable garden and lots of other interesting natural jewels.
Highlights of Bay East :
Bay East covers 32 hectares. It is a huge collection of leaf shaped gardens. Every garden has its own unique landscaping and theme. Bay East is also designed to be a completely green structure. The five water inlets into these gardens will make use of wind direction to flow. This alignment aids cooling of the entire region. Also, the skyline of Singapore can be very clearly seen from Bay East.
Bay Central covers an area of 15 hectares and joins Bay East and Bay South. It has a walking stretch of 3 kilometers stretching between the other two Bays. Once the entire development is done, talking a walk in Bay Central is definitely going to be a stunningly pleasurable experience with beautiful sceneries which mingle flawlessly with extreme modern development.
Garden on the Bay is intended to be a fusion of modernity and nature. Singapore is set to show the world that one of the most developed and urbanized countries in the world can also be the most beautiful, the greenest and the most environmental friendly.
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