Singapore may be small in size compared to its neighboring countries in South East Asia, but it is BIG in structures. Not just bigly 😉 We mean REALLY HUGE! I refer here to the Gardens by the Bay, a project of the National Parks Board of Singapore. The Board seems to have pulled out all the stops developing this project in its push to portray the city-state as THE Garden City of the world.
I am extra fascinated with this project because of its imaginative blending of massive steelwork with nature and the environment. Coming from the steel-building industry myself, I can fully appreciate that manufacturing the steel curves and beams, and erecting the structures are no mean feat by themselves.
The Gardens by the Bay is a botanical environment sprawled over more than 50 hectares of reclaimed land in the Marina Bay of the city-state. It consists of two giant steel domes covering cooled conservatories, and about eighteen Supertrees that serve as vertical gardens. One dome, called the Flower Dome, houses a variety of plants from the Mediterranean regions, while the other dome contains the Cloud Forest for plants from the Tropical monsoon regions. And the flowers, oh the flowers! It is a pity that I can only include here a few photos of them.
We hope you enjoy viewing the photos in this post, all courtesy of dear daughters Anisa and Aziza. Also, below is a YouTube video from the Gardens lead designer, Grant Associates, neatly summing up the undertaking in a slick presentation (please view in high definition, as much as possible).
– SSJ, 3 Sep. 2017