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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Grant Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects

This distinctive waterfront gardens in the heart of Marina Bay will define Singapore as the world’s premier tropical garden city. The gardens aim to become a national and international exemplar of sustainable practice.

DETAILS
LOCATION: SINGAPORE BAY MARINA
COST: SINGAPORE $1 BILLION
CLIENT: NATIONAL PARKS, SINGAPORE
AREA: 30,000m² BIOMES
DATE: 2007 TO PRESENT

TEAM
ARCHITECT: WILKINSON EYRE ARCHITECTS
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: GRANT ASSOCIATES
LOCAL ARCHITECT / ENGINEER OF RECORD: CPG CONSULT
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: ATELIER ONE
BRIEFING AND PEER REVIEW: TRANSSOLAR

SERVICES
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN CONSULTING
BUILDING SERVICES DESIGN
DAYLIGHT ANALYSIS
ENERGY MODELLING
THERMAL MODELLING

AWARDS

2013 BRITISH EXPERTISE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL DESIGN

2013 SUSTAIN MAGAZINE AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

2012 WAF WORLD BUILDING OF THE YEAR

2012 DESIGN FOR ASIA GRAND AWARD

2012 DESIGN FOR ASIA SPECIAL AWARD

2010 GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD

 

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Strategy

Atelier Ten provided mechanical and electrical engineering design to completion and masterplan sustainability consultancy. The main gardens include two biomes representing the cool dry conditions of the Mediterranean springtime and the cool moist conditions of tropical mountain regions. We developed innovative strategies for controlling these conditions within the naturally hot humid environment of Singapore, while minimising energy demand to exemplar levels. External supertree structures coupled with liquid desiccant systems provide cool air to the biomes.

This distinctive waterfront gardens in the heart of Marina Bay will define Singapore as the world’s premier tropical garden city. The gardens aim to become a national and international exemplar of sustainable practice. Atelier Ten provided mechanical and electrical engineering design to completion and masterplan sustainability consultancy. The main gardens include two biomes representing the cool dry conditions of the Mediterranean springtime and the cool moist conditions of tropical mountain regions. We developed innovative strategies for controlling these conditions within the naturally hot humid environment of Singapore, while minimising energy demand to exemplar levels. External supertree structures coupled with liquid desiccant systems provide cool air to the biomes. A key early ambition was to somehow use the solar energy entering the domes as a part of the ‘virtuous’ energy cycle. The displacement conditioning arrangement causes the air at the top of the biomes to be significantly warmer than the design temperature at low level, particularly in periods of high solar gain. Air is extracted from the top of the Flower Dome and is returned through an underground tunnel to the adjacent Silver Supertree cluster where it becomes the supply air for the desiccant regenerator equipment. The temperature and dryness of this extracted air increases the efficiency of the system and effectively means that there is an indirect solar energy component to the regeneration process. The Supertrees also house photovoltaic panels that generate enough power on an annual basis to power the lighting on the Supertrees.

Waste generated by Singapore’s National Parks is diverted from landfill and used as a source of biomass to generate energy for use throughout the gardens.

As part of the Masterplan development and implementation process, we developed and utilised a range of sustainability implementation plans (SIP’s) for the development tailored to the different teams delivering the various parts of the project. These covered all areas of environmental sustainability potentially affected by the development, and aimed to weave holistic ideas of sustainability into the project.

Benchmarking of the sustainability initiatives on the project is being progressed through the Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark scheme. The conservatories have received a Platinum rating and the Marina South development as a whole is on track for Platinum certification.

LINKS Design Discussion : Part 1
Design Discussion : Part 2
WAF Awards News page
WAF Awards Winning Team
Gardens by the Bay
Grants Associates Animation of Biomes Professional Photos on Flickr