Gardens by the Bay is Singapore’s botanical pride. It was created with the aim of embodying Singapore’s aim of being Asia’s ‘Garden City’. What’s more interesting is that it is designed to be environmentally sustainable. The design is concentrated on energy and water recycling throughout the Bay South Garden. Cutting-edge engineering design and technologies were used to create Gardens by the Bay, towards satisfying the following functions:
1) Reducing Solar Heat Gain
2) Energy generation and utilizing heat waste
3) De-humidification prior to cooling
4) Concentrating cooling only on occupied zones
Visitors have consistently praised the Gardens. It has garnered numerous awards, some of the most recent are:
- AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, 20th Annual Thea Awards, Themed Entertainment Association
- INTERNATIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR, Building Performance Awards 2014, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
- BREAKTHROUGH CONTRIBUTION TO TOURISM, 20th Annual Thea Awards, Singapore Tourism Board
- COOLED CONSERVATORIES, RIBA Lubetkin Prize, Royal Institute of British Architects
- BEST OF CATEGORY (GREEN WALL CATEGORY) CLOUD FOREST + GOLD (GREEN WALL CATEGORY) – SUPERTREES + GOLD (IMPLEMENTATION CATEGORY) – FLOWER DOME + GOLD (IMPLEMENTATION CATEGORY) – CLOUD FOREST + GOLD (TURNKEY CATEGORY) – AQUATIC GARDEN, LIAS Awards of Excellence 2013, Landscape Industry Association (Singapore)
- WORLD BUILDING OF THE YEAR – COOLED CONSERVATORIES + DISPLAY AWARD – COOLED CONSERVATORIES, World Architecture Festival 2012, World Architecture Festival
- INSTITUTIONAL ARCHITECTURE CATEGORY – BAY EAST, FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2012, FuturArc Journal
Visitors to the Gardens will find some of the more interesting and iconic architectural works in Singapore. It contains the awe-inspiring Supertrees: steel structures that abstractly mimic trees, with one tree reaching as high as 50 meters. Other Supertrees meanwhile are connected by a bridge way, called OCBC Skyway, where you could see the vast expanse of the entire park. You could walk together here with a loved one on his/her special day and offer the Gardens as a symbolism of birthday flowers.
Then there are the two conservatories. One is called the Cloud Forest, where plants and flowers that normally grow on high altitude are housed. This conservatory has a unique interior design as it aims to provide strollers a feeling of walking among the clouds, like you are hiking up the higher portions of a mountain. It even has a 30-meter waterfall that evokes the mysterious aura of a secret garden in a forest.
The other is called the Flower Dome, which contains plants, trees, and flowers which flourish in tropical climates. This greenhouse is the larger of the two in terms of area. If you can’t find the perfect birthday flower for your significant other here, then it’s quite possible that it doesn’t exist.
Gardens by the Bay is also one of the premier events places in Singapore. The demand for the location to host events and functions is so great that they had to limit approvals of hosting requests to just three per week. Hosting more than three might take great tolls on the park itself. But if you’re lucky enough to be accommodated by the Gardens, you are sure to have one of the most memorable experiences in your life.