Presented by Architecture Centre | How do you place nature at the heart of a metropolis? Enter a futuristic world of natural serenity, visionary sustainable design and perpetual spring.
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s ‘Garden in a City’ project, is an awe-inspiring testament to inner-city nature planning. It sits on 101 hectares of reclaimed land in downtown Singapore, and exhibits beautiful aerial walkways, Supertrees (iconic vertical gardens), flourishing biodiversity, sustainable energy technologies and the world’s largest glass greenhouse.
Comprising three distinct gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, the whole plan has an intelligent environmental infrastructure, allowing endangered plants, which could not normally grow in Singapore to flourish, providing both leisure and education to the nation. It has an in-house team of skilled landscape designers, horticulturists, arborists, engineers, plant health, garden and turf management experts, as well as plant research and orchid breeding professionals, who leverage on the extensive global network of plant sources cultivated during the development days, to continuously curate and grow the Gardens.
Following an international design competition, a team led by landscape architecture firm Grant Associates was appointed in 2006 by the National Parks Board of Singapore to masterplan Bay South Garden, the first and largest of the three planned gardens at Gardens by the Bay.
Join leading landscape architect Andrew Grant for an exploration of this extraordinary project.
About the speaker
Andrew formed Grant Associates in 1997 to explore the emerging frontiers of landscape architecture within sustainable development. He has a fascination with creative ecology and the promotion of quality and innovation in landscape design. Each of his projects responds to the place, its inherent ecology and its people.
He is known for a creative approach to ecological / sustainable landscape design and the integration of landscape with engineering and architecture to create distinctive contemporary places with a strong ecological character.
He has been involved in all scales of development from sub-regional planning of National Parks, strategic planning of new towns and green infrastructure strategies through to the design of particular landscape spaces or components. Andrew has worked on a number of high profile award winning projects and has collaborated with some of the top architects and engineers in the world.