World Building of the Year!
Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay is elected by a jury of 75 members as the world building of the year 2012 at the World Architecture Festival. This impressive constructions was built with the intention to support Singapur’s vision to transform the city into a ‘garden’ and to showcase climate changes. The two main complexes cover an area of 20.000 sqm including the largest climate-controlled glass-houses in the world.
"They provide a spectacular, all-weather attraction and comprise a 1.28 hectare cool dry conservatory (the ‘Flower Dome’) and a 0.73 hectare cool moist conservatory (the ‘Cloud Forest’). Each has its own distinct character, but both explore the horticulture of those environments most likely to be affected by climate change."
Further the interior is very spectacular while featuring a planted mountain with a 35m high waterfall. Both domes are covered by a construction that mixes gridshell elements and arches to withstand natural powers like wind but nevertheless staying as light as possible. The gridshell is very fragile and can only support it’s own weight, while the arches are set away from the surface of the envelope to protect the gridshell, which is also one of the biggest in the world. The commission to design the 54 hectare Bay South garden in Singapur was won in 2006 by a team led by Grant Associates and including Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Atelier One, Atelier Ten, Land Design and Davis Langdon and Seah.
Well deserved! Congratulations.