If I had to describe in only one word Singapore’s just-completed Gardens by the Bay, that word would be ‘incredible.’ But here are a few more words on the subject. British architects Wilkinson Eyre and landscape architects Grant Associates teamed up and dreamt up this vast gardenscape which now grows near downtown Singapore. Once all three phases have been completed, Gardens by the Bay will sprawl across a total of 250 acres/101 hectares and will consist of three major gardens called Bay South, Bay East, and Bay Central. With its first completed phase set to open to the public on June 29th, the park-like space currently spans 133 acres/54 hectares and includes shell-shaped greenhouses, a 30-meter-high man-made waterfall, and 18 ‘Supertree’ structures of up to 50 meters in height. Each Supertree teems with hundreds of species of plants, all well-kept thanks to rainwater collection tanks and pumps within the tall structures. Bridges soar up into the Super-treetops, connecting each structure and allowing visitors to look out over the sprawling, lush grounds.
The complex should prove to be a draw for local and international visitors alike. I would certainly love to check it out.