Garden By The Bay- Opening Soon

Garden By The Bay- Opening Soon

Gardens by the Bay (Chinese: 滨海湾花园) consists of three distinct waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, set in the heart of Singapore’s new downtown Marina Bay, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir.

Spanning 101 hectares, Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.



First announced to the public by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally in August 2005, Gardens by the Bay is intended to become Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.

An international competition for the design of the master plan, held in January 2006, attracted more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms from 24 countries. Two firms – Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter – were eventually awarded the master plan design for the Bay South and Bay East Gardens respectively.

The Gardens are being developed in phases. Bay South is currently being constructed and is slated to be completed and opened on 29 Jun 2012. [1] Bay East has been developed as an interim park in support of the Youth Olympic Games 2010, and is opened to the public since Nov 2011, allowing an alternate access to the Marina Barrage. The full master plan implementation of Bay East and the development of Bay Central are part of the next phase of development.


Gardens by the Bay to open on June 29

 
A garden in the city to rival that of New York’s Central Park.

That’s what is expected when Phase One of the much-awaited Gardens by the Bay, the Bay South Garden, throws its doors open to the public on June 29.

The Gardens by the Bay complex, a massive multi-billion dollar project consisting of the Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central areas, will occupy 101 hectares of reclaimed land by the water at Marina Bay. The space is equivalent to about 190 football fields.

When the first phase opens in June, the Bay South Garden will debut with highlights such as cooled conservatories, horticultural theme gardens, and a “Supertrees” grove, a uniquely designed vertical garden resembling trees.

Entry to Bay South will be free, but visitors will have to pay to visit the conservatories. From 29 June, the garden will be open to the public from 5.00am to 2.00am every day.

Opening hours for the cooled conservatories and the aerial walkway in the Supertree Grove are from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily.

The Bay East and Bay Central gardens are yet to open to public.

The 3-km long Bay Central garden, which boasts a waterfront promenade, serves as a link between the other two, while the Bay East Garden consists of attractions such as food gardens, water gardens, a nature-themed building which houses a research and entertainment centre, and a water sports arena, where visitors can watch boating competitions.

Said CEO of Gardens by the Bay Kiat W. Tan: “Gardens by the Bay will provide a unique green space and horticulture-themed leisure destination in Marina Bay for all to enjoy. We are excited that in June we will finally be able to share with everyone this new garden, which has been some five years in the making.”

Already, tour agencies are licking their lips at the prospect of the new tourist attraction.

National Association of Travel Agents  (NATAS) Singapore chief Robert Khoo told The Straits Times that 30 out of 400 Natas members are planning to put the Gardens on their tour itineraries.


A cavernous glass dome on the enormous construction site of the Gardens by the Bay is set to become Singapore's newest tourist attraction. The 1.2ha dome - slightly larger than the size of two football fields - is 38m high, and its interior is cooled to temperatures of between 17 deg C and 25 deg C. It is slated to become 'the crown jewel of the downtown Marina Bay'.

This replicates the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions such as South Africa and parts of Europe, and will house a variety of plants, ranging from olive and bottle trees to tulips and grape vines. The dome will open to visitors for the first time during the World Orchid Conference in November. Its official opening will be in June next year, together with the Bay South Gardens, one of the Gardens by the Bay's three parts. It takes approximately 6 months for the plants to mature and settle into their new environment.

A second dome, which replicates a cool-moist climate found in high-elevation areas such as South America, is also on track to open in June. Both domes will house about 226,000 plants from every continent except Antarctica. The Flower Dome, along with the second conservatory the Cloud Forest, are not just "architectural icons" but an "amalgamation of architectural, environmental engineering and horticultural excellence."
 
The two conservatories were designed with environmental sustainability in mind, applying cutting-edge technologies that provide energy-efficient solutions in cooling. The facade of the 1.2-hectare Flower Dome is made up of 3,300 special glass panels, which let in the sunlight while keeping the heat out. This allows the conservatory to mimic the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean. To ensure energy efficiency, only areas occupied by plants and visitors will be cooled.

The conservatory is divided into smaller gardens featuring plants such as poppy flowers from California and Cat's Paw plants from Australia. One of the gardens - the Flower Field - will have changing displays including tulips and lavender. The conservatory will also have an event space which can be rented out for weddings and other functions. There will also be two restaurants within the conservatory - one serving Mediterranean cuisine and the other, Chinese.

National Parks Board Singapore, Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board HQ, 1 Cluny Road

Gardens by the Bay- Phase 1 ready by end 2010


That will become a reality when the Gardens by the Bay at Marina South opens in late 2010.

The first of three waterfront gardens broke ground on Friday morning, setting in motion Singapore's bid to create the world's premier public gardens in the tropics.

Spread over 54 hectares, it is scheduled to be ready by end 2010, at about the same time when the Marina Bay Integrated Resort and other developments at Marina Bay will be completed.

Gardens by the Bay will eventually cover a total 101 ha, with three themed gardens at Marina South, Marina East and Marina Centre.

National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony by planting a Golden Rain Tree (Samanea sama)

Originally native to South America and the West Indies, the Golden Rain Tree has been widely planted throughout the tropics as a shade tree, including in Singapore, where such yellow variants were first deployed as a valued cultivar. This tree will be re-planted along the avenue framing the new 1km-long boulevard bordering the East side of the Gardens at Marina South.

"Gardens by the Bay will provide Singaporeans a new dimension of city living experience right in the heart of Singapore's New Downtown District. Setting a new standard in the way gardens are developed and managed, it will become Singapore's premier urban outdoor recreation space at Marina Bay - a national icon and a source of pride for Singaporeans," said National Parks Board statement on Friday.

The Gardens at Marina South is designed by UK-based design firm Grant Associates and will showcase the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry, with a mass display of tropical flowers and coloured foliage and more.

Among the attractions will be displays telling the story of 'Plant Use by Man', focusing on economically important plants in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Active spaces for vibrant programming will be incorporated and will enable the Gardens to host a suite of international and national events.

It will feature a 'Cool Moist' Conservatory and a 'Cool Dry' Conservatory (1.4 ha), displaying plants and flowers from the Tropical Montane and Mediterranean environments, and an all-weather 'edutainment' centre.

Visitors will be enthralled by "SuperTrees" towering 25 metres and 50 metres in height (9 to 16 storeys). These tree-like structures are uniquely designed vertical gardens, with emphasis placed on creating a 'wow' factor through the vertical display of tropical flowering climbers, epiphytes and ferns.

At night, these canopies will come alive with lighting and projected media.

The SuperTrees will also be embedded with sustainable energy and water technologies that are integral to the cooling of the Cool Conservatories.

Horticultural show Gardens will take up 2.6 ha, displaying the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry. Together with another 10 ha of mass flowering and coloured foliage landscape, they will form a spectacle of colour and texture.

The show gardens will include a cluster of SuperTrees, an Orchidetum featuring orchids, a cluster of beautiful gardens and flower displays representing the very best of Singaporean horticulture, and a mix of permanent and temporary themed gardens in and around the entrance plaza to the main buildings.

Greeting visitors at the main entry precinct into the gardens will be a 2.8 ha flower market, which will comprise an indoor events space, retail and various food and beverage outlets.

This will also be 2 ha event lawn with a stage, which can host up to 7,000 people during international and national events.


Bromeliads for Gardens at Marina South arrive in Singapore



SINGAPORE: Some 50,000 bromeliads have arrived in Singapore all the way from Florida to be part of the Gardens at Marina South.

Similar to the pineapple plant, about 35 percent of more than 3,475 species of bromeliads are rare. These plants can remove water pollutants and play an important role in energy conservation.

One of the species of bromeliads is the Tillandsia. It does not need soil or water because it takes what it needs from the air by converting nitrogen into nitrates.

Another bromeliad species is the Billbergia Strawberry which blooms for just one week every year.

These species are native to North and South America and they are known for their unique features.

Anton van der Schans, Assistant Director of Horticulture, Gardens by the Bay, said: "One of the things we are trying to do is to introduce more colour. Not just because it looks more attractive, it also helps to capture people's attention and imagination, and hopefully that will encourage them to learn more about the environmental messages which are behind the collection as well."

These messages include how some bromeliads are endangered species because of deforestation and climate change.

To help these plants, the experts have erected artificial trees known as 'super trees'. These trees, some of which are up to 50 metres tall, not only support the plants but are also ecologically friendly.

Kenneth Er, General Manager, Gardens by the Bay, said: "The super trees, like real trees, would also photosynthesise using photovoltaic cells - converting solar energy into electricity to run some of the functions within the trees such as lighting. We are also exploring the possibility of the trees collecting rain water."

Another environmentally friendly feature is a conservatory which will use cooling technologies that can save up to 40 percent of the amount of energy used.

"Typically, some of these species require cooler temperatures for best foliage colour and flowering, so that's where our cool glass houses come in, to help provide the conditions to really display them at their best," said Mr van der Schans.

These plants will also absorb pollutants by cleaning the water that flows into three freshwater lakes – Kallang Basin, Marina Bay and Marina Channel.

When combined, the three lakes will be Singapore's 15th reservoir which will supply 10 percent of drinking water.

Another 150,000 bromeliads will be coming to Singapore over the next two years. In all, the plants cost S$2 million.

When they have all arrived, they will be available for public viewing by 2011.

The Gardens at Marina South – situated right beside the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort – will open 24 hours daily.

Together with Gardens at Marina East and Gardens at Marina Central, they form Gardens by the Bay, spanning over 155 football fields. 
Marina Bay gardens to cost $300-400m
SINGAPORE'S Marina Bay waterfront is all set to be home to three distinct gardens - each with its own unique look - the National Parks Board revealed yesterday.

And Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan, who formally unveiled the masterplan for much of the Gardens by the Bay project yesterday, said that the three gardens will cost the government a few hundred million dollars.

'I would expect that $300-400 million will be needed to develop a normal group of gardens of this nature,' said Mr Mah.

He added that the final cost can vary as the detailed designs have not yet been finalised. For instance, structures such as conservatories and a people mover system can add to the cost, he said.

In January, the National Parks Board launched an international design competition calling for landscape architects, architects and planners to create three iconic gardens for the Gardens by the Bay project. The winners, and their designs, were made public yesterday.

For the largest garden - the 54-ha Garden at Marina South - an international jury panel chose the design of British landscape architecture consultancy Grant Associates.

Grant Associates' design calls for a garden which will give visitors the experience of colour and vibrancy - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round. Careful consideration will be given to day and night programming.

The jury felt that Grant Associates' design best captured the essence of a garden in a downtown setting. The masterplan presented by the British firm includes the application of sustainable energy systems and the introduction of what it calls 'Super Trees' - structures that can go as high as 50 metres on which plants can grow. If these 'Super Trees' are built, they will be iconic structures that could give the garden an extra wow factor, the jury said.

For the second-largest garden - the 30-ha linear Garden at Marina East - the jury chose to go with international landscape design practice Gustafson Porter's masterplan. Gustafson Porter's design envisions a water-themed garden with water-based recreation activities and restaurants.

No winning design was chosen for the third and smallest garden - the 10-ha Garden at Marina Centre - as the jury decided to wait for public feedback.

Mr Mah, who was speaking at the opening of the Tanglin Core part of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, said that he was very pleased with the concepts presented by Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter.

'One design (Marina South) has gone with a very loud, a very showy approach. Lots of flowers, lots of blooms, with impressive structures, spaces for events and places where families can go to enjoy themselves,' said Mr Mah. 'The other garden (Marina East) is much more contemplative, quieter, with more water-based activities - more for recreation. It is also a place for people to relax with nice restaurants and enjoy the city skyline. Both gardens will complement each other.'

And as for the Garden at Marina Centre, Mr Mah called it a 'blank canvas'. He said: 'Let's hold something back in reserve, let's keep an empty canvas so that other ideas can come up.' The public can view an exhibition of the winning designs and scale models in the new Botany Centre at the Tanglin Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and submit their feedback.

Most of the Marina South garden will be ready by 2010, Mr Mah said. The government will gradually expand work towards Marina East, then eventually to Marina Centre. Kiat W Tan, project director of Gardens by the Bay, said that by 2008, work on the South and East gardens will start.

Mr Mah said the two winning designs will fit in well with the surrounding developments at Marina Bay.

He said: 'With the IR (integrated resort), BFC (Business and Financial Centre) and other developments around them, such as the Esplanade, the area is beginning to take shape. The IR is expected to be up by early 2010. They (Las Vegas Sands) are shooting for 2009 - that's their ambitious target. But if they can get it done by 2010, then that will be a very, very good achievement.'
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