Project team:

Client: National Parks Board, Singapore/SGP
Master planning / Landscape architecture: Grant Associates
Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Lighting design: Lighting Planners Associates


Products applied:

- Cylinder surface-mounted, Optec, Tesis IP68, Erco
- LED color Blast, Color Kinetics
- Acrobat FE 250, Griven
- Area Spotlight, HK Lighting
- Le Perroquet, Linealuce, iGuzzini
- Exterior 200, Martin Architectural
- Fiber Optic end cap, Roblon
- custom designed Column Canopy, Wako
- FLC121, FLC131, FLC141, FLB141, Rail66, WE-EF
- Lumenbeam LBX RGB, Lumenpulse
- Flat Flex, Luci

- custom designed spotlights, different wattages, ENDO (HID 20 to 150 watts), different mounting options
- custom designed bollards (5 types) for the main paths, Wako
- GTY200 bollards for smaller paths, WE-EF
- Tapelight, Tokistar
- Flex Series, Luci

- Graphite 300, Griven
- Cyclo series Martin Architectural
- Micro-Clip, Griven
- iColor Flex, Color Kinetics

24. Jan 2014

21st century paradise

Text: Moritz Gieselmann
Photos: Lighting Planners Associates, Toshio Kaneko

While paradise in the original sense managed perfectly well without artificial light, creating a modern paradise in the millennium of the photon enabled the creators to draw on abundant (re)sources.

Costs amounting to 600 million euros, 225,000 plants from every corner of the earth on a surface area of over one million square metres (10,763,910.417 square feet) and more than one million visitors within three months of its opening: the “Gardens by the Bay” have already set new standards in the design of urban leisure parks, which are not likely to be met anywhere else in the near future. Singapore, a city state that is not exactly lacking when it comes to spectacular architecture and sensational lighting design, has acquired a new attraction: the “Gardens by the Bay”. Located in the shadow of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel with its three 55-storey hotel towers which are connected 190 metres above street level via a sky terrace on the roof known as “Sands Sky Park”, there was no way that a botanical garden of European dimensions would have fitted in here. This location only speaks in superlatives. The largest full moon in 2013 was almost as bright as the Supertrees, and the good old sun is – still – indispensable for plant growth: after dark the artificial lighting is at any rate far more spectacular than anything the sun, moon and stars can offer in the way of lighting effects. Gardens have long been places of longing for mankind, places where the amenities of nature – preferably without any of the inherent dangers – are successfully combined with the amenities of the civilisations we live in. The Garden of Eden is not referred to as “paradise” for nothing. In that sense, one might refer to the “Gardens by the Bay” as our vision of paradise in the 21st century, as a place that features natural elements combined with entertainment and easily digestible attractions with sustainability. Singapore regards itself as a Garden City. This was one reason for staging the “Let’s Make Singapore Our Garden” international design competition at the beginning of 2006, which landscape architects Grant Associates together with Wilkinson Eyre Architects won for the southern part of the site, and Gustafson Porter for the eastern section. Work on Marina South began in 2007. It was opened in June 2012 and had attracted over one million visitors by September 2012. The surface area of over 100 hectares makes the “Gardens by the Bay” the most extensive gardens in the world. They comprise two huge conservatories or biomes: the “Flower Dome” with flowers from all over the world and “Cloud Forest”, which houses an indoor rainforest and a water fall. One of the main attractions is “Supertree Grove”, gigantic steel structures built to resemble baobab trees. There are 18 Supertrees altogether. The impressive structures are 50 metres high, with creeper plants growing up their “trunks”, and linked at upper-trunk level via a unique bridge construction. The Supertrees have already become Singapore’s new landmark. The park area also includes two lakes, a botanical garden and the “Heritage Garden”, which is practically an exhibition of the horticulture developed by the different population groups within Singapore, the influence of the colonial history and plants which are economically relevant in the region. Once the landscape and architectural planning were underway a further competition was staged to find a lighting design practice. Lighting Planners Associates, LPA from Japan won and were commissioned to design the lighting, the basic concept defined by LPA as “entertainment with organic lighting”. […]

The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 91
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