All big cities are aiming to build the tallest building in the most wonderful shape or to build another mall where there will either be a ski slope or a huge aquarium with sharks swimming in it. In general the vision for the future of the cities are the skyscrapers, wide transport arteries, residential complexes and entertainment centers.All big cities are aiming to build the tallest building in the most wonderful shape or to build another mall where there will either be a ski slope or a huge aquarium with sharks swimming in it. In general the vision for the future of the cities are the skyscrapers, wide transport arteries, residential complexes and entertainment centers.
But this is by no means true for Singapore!
When something is being done in this city, it seems to be right from the future. One of the main goals set by the government back in 2005 is to turn Singapore into a “Garden City” in order to improve the living standards of its residents and increase the green spacе.
Well what was said was done!
And this happened in 2012, when the Gardens by Bay Park opened its doors – a unique area that offers not only places for recreation but also interesting solutions, as if the future has moved into the present.
I am personally very happy that I was able to visit this amazing place a few years ago, along with my sister! It is extremely easy to get there using either subway a bus or taxi. The park is located along the sea and the “Marina” dam. Just opposite its entrance is the notorious hotel Marina Bay Sands, also known as the building on whose roof a ship has landed!
The gardens consist of three connected parts: Bay South Garden, East Bay Garden and Bay Central Garden, some of which offer free access and for others you should buy a ticket.
In Bay South Garden there are two extremely interesting in terms of architecture and design facilities or rather greenhouses, resembling domes. Due to their interesting design, they were awarded buildings of the year at the World Architecture Festival in 2012. In a larger building is the largest greenhouse in the world – Flower Dome, which up to today holds the recored in the Guinness Worldbook of Records. It houses as you may pressume, a variety of plants and flowers, however just the day before visited we had walked in the Botanical Garden and therefore we decided that we would not be interested in visiting it.
So my sister and I decided to actually go under the other dome – Cloud Forest or also known as the Cloud Forest, located in the East Bay Garden. Here, in the middle of this dome at a height of 35 meters descends a fabulous waterfall, shrouded in a mysterious fog, lushing vegetation and many vantage points. You climb up and down ramps, and there are rare plants around you that can’t be seen everywhere. It feels amazing, as If you’re really in the jungle, and if it wasn’t for the glass dome above our heads, I would certainly still think I’m in walking among virgin nature. Orchids, bromeliads and anthuriums – these are a small part of the amazing plants that you will see here, mainly dominated by species that grow in humid climates. And this is the idea of this dome – to collect species that love moisture.
After enjoying this amazing walk through the clouds outside, it was getting dark and another breathtaking view unfolded before our eyes – the “super trees”, which are located in the Bay Central Garden. These are steel structures, similar to trees with a height of between 25 and 50 meters. They are also used for growing rare plants. In addition, photovoltaics generate electricity for lighting and cooling systems and collect water that is used to irrigate the plants. Some of the trees serve as cooling towers to cool the domes. Two of the trees are connected by a high footpath. If in light these facilities are a little strange and not so noticeable – wait until it gets dark and see what a spectacle of light will appear before your eyes!
It is definitely one of the biggest attractions in Singapore and with each passing year the interest in it increases. The construction of the gardens alone amounts to over 1 billion US dollars, and the maintenance of all these systems is also quite an expensive undertaking, which Singapore can certainly afford! I will only add that the costs amount to 58 million dollars a year, but as I said, the interest is quite high and certainly these costs are also covered by the sale of tickets for the facilities with flowers, cloud forests and super trees. If in 2012 there were about 1.7 million visits per year, then at the end of 2018 more than 50 million visits were registered!
The gardens by the bay – this is one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever visited! Located in the very heart of the huge metropolis, surrounded by water and many skyscrapers, emerges this incredibly colorful and technological garden of the future. It is interesting and exciting to walk in such a place, because at times you lose orientation and do not know where you are – in the city, in the garden or in a jungle, but you know one thing for sure – this feeling is amazing and you for sure don’t want it to end!
Personally, I am looking forward to the next similar project in Singapore, and given that they already have a ship landed on the roof of a skyscraper, butterflies at the airport and gardens under glass domes, I wonder what else they must have prepared in their sleeve for us?
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