British architects Wilkinson Eyre and landscape architects Grant Associates have completed an enormous tropical garden in Singapore filled with tree-like towers, shell-shaped greenhouses and a 30-metre-high man-made waterfall.Bay South is the first and largest of three landscaped gardens that will comprise the 100-hectare Gardens By The Bay, sited on reclaimed land beside the marina in downtown Singapore.
Eighteen ‘Supertree’ structures measuring up to 50 metres in height have thousands of plant species growing up their vein-like cladding. They’re connected by bridges 20 metres up and there’s a bar at the top of the tallest one.
Each one contains rainwater collection tanks and pumps that cool both themselves and the two huge greenhouses beside them.
While one of the Wilkinson Eyre-designed conservatories accommodates flowers from Mediterranean regions, the other is filled with tropical plants and the artificial waterfall.
There are also themed gardens, a lake, tree-lined walkways, a playground and an events space.
The design team won a competition to create the gardens back in 2006 and they will open to the public on 29 June.