History of Gardens by The Bay in 60 Seconds

Photo of Amani Sharif
Freelance Writer26 June 2017

The vision that produced Gardens by the Bay is like no other. A city within a haven, every facet of this site was meticulously thought out by its designers. Structures like a Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and a Sun Pavilion are just some of the attractions provided in this sustainability dream – but how did this project come together?

In an effort to become one of the leading cities of the 21st century, Singapore engaged in the study of the future: sustainability. In January 2006, a global design competition was held to draw the best talent into the city and the aftermath is stunning!

In September 2006, two contestants from the UK, Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter, were given the honor of bringing the Gardens to life. After a showcase of the masterplans, the concepts suggested brought in an 85% approval of what would become one of Singapore’s best attractions.

January of 2007 saw the ground breaking of the site and subsequently the commencement of the Bay East Garden which was opened to the masses in 2011. The attractions grew progressively so that today, the world has the Gardens by the Bay and Singapore to thank for it.

The Gardens are divided into three sectors: Bay Central, Bay East and Bay South, Bay South being the largest. All sites are on the city’s waterfront and offer some of the best views. Bay South is home to most festivals and events that occur at the Gardens, enjoyed by the 30 million plus visitors that have visited the venue. Bay Central is the link between the main expanse and Bay East, the more tranquil garden of the three.

A visit to the Gardens provides educational, aesthetic and health value. Nothing compares to the fresh air and scenery the Gardens have to offer. The site is also the perfect place for school trips, with exploration programs designed to educate and entertain children.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see one of the world’s greenest places. Indulge in a trip full of relaxation and nature in a setting so unique, you might not see anything like it again. The Gardens offers a truly hopeful look into a more sustainable, futuristic society.

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