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Our Singapore Correspondent: Gardens by the Bay

July 16, 2013

Ronald Chen reports in from a recent trip:

‘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” – ‘to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.’  Hmm . . “Garden City” and “City in a Garden” . . . what is the difference?

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The two clam shaped building are cooled conservatories: the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.   Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, “Flower Dome is the worlds largest columnless glasshouse.” (They sure have a lot of world’s first: tallest Ferris wheel, biggest aquarium, longest elevated swimming pool.)

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The portion of “Garden by the Bay” I visited was “Bay South Garden”.  (There is also Bay East and Bay Central). . . . opened to the public on 29 June 2012. . . 54 hectares (130 acres)  on reclaimed land.

“The final construction cost for the project, not including the price of the land  … was within a $1.035 billion allocated budget.  The conservatories were okay busy but most part of the park was nearly empty when I visited.  Must be the haze, I guess.  Because of it many outdoor events and attractions were cancelled,  including the skyway on the Super Tree  … .

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Thanks, Ronald.  PT always appreciates the latest updates from readers around the world.

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