Project of the Week for May 2, 2016: Gardens by the Bay, Cloud Forest Conservatory’s Cloud Mountain

May 2, 2016 at 1:56 pm

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/02/16

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Gardens by the Bay, Cloud Forest Conservatory’s Cloud Mountain
Singapore
43,056 sf. Greenwall (Approximate)

Project of the Week Description & Details

The 101-hectare, multi-award-winning Gardens by the Bay brings to life the National Parks Board Singapore’s vision of creating a City in a Garden. Consisting of three waterfront gardens, Bay South Garden is the largest at 54 hectares or 130 acres, designed by Grant Associates as masterplanners. Located along the edge of Marina Reservoir offering breathtaking views of Marina Bay, the two cooled conservatories are the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, they are home to over 250,000 species of plants. The two giant columnless, carbon-positive glasshouses collect rainwater from the surface which is circulated in the cooling system and connected to the Supertrees, then vent the hot air and also cool the circulated water.

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Cloud Mountain

Higher than the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest is slightly smaller at .8 hectares. The gigantic biodome recreates the environment and climate of a 7-story high mountaintop forest, replicating the cool moist conditions found in tropical highland regions between 1,000 metres and 3,000 metres above sea level. Developed with a proprietary Organic Wall System from Tropical Environment to simulate a ‘living skin’ of a natural mountain, the Cloud Mountain in the Cloud Forest Conservatory is densely planted with epiphytic plants, including species and varieties of orchids, ferns, bromeliads, begonias, anthuriums, and pitcher plants. All levels offer a different horticultural experience: At the entrance visitors receive a cool blast of air, and see the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, at 35 metres high. Take the lift to the top to the Lost World to discover the unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests, and then descend through the 122-metre long Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk. Half way down, the Crystal Mountain Cave features a variety of stalactites, stalagmites and hollowed-out crystals. At ground level, the Secret Garden and Foothills overflow with luscious foliage, where art is intermixed within the ponds and plantings. Before exiting, enter Earth Check and see the “+5 Degrees” video, showing the effect that a 5° C or 9° F increase in temperature is expected to have on similar mountain-top environments due to climate change.

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Cloud Mountain

Year: 2012
Owner: Gardens by the Bay
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Park
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 43,056 sf. sq.ft. (approximate)
Slope: 70-85%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Cloud Mountain

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Cloud Mountain

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Bay South Garden Masterplan, Lead Design & Landscape Architect: Grant Associates
Cooled Conservatories Architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Structural Engineer: Atelier One
Environmental Specialist: Atelier Ten
Mountain Skin/Green Wall: Organic Wall System, Tropical Environment Pte Ltd
Mountain Skin/Green Wall Design/Build: Tropical Environment
Irrigation and Plant Installation: Tropical Environment
Conservatory Glass Panel Facade Engineering: ARUP

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Cloud Mountain

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Cloud Mountain

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Project of the Week for February 22, 2016: Gardens by the Bay Far East Organization Children’s Garden

February 22, 2016 at 1:32 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 2/22/16

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Gardens by the Bay Far East Organization Children’s Garden
Singapore
2,487 sf. Greenroofs

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Project of the Week Description & Details

Designed by Grant Associates as masterplanners of the multi award-winning 54-hectare Bay South Garden, the underlying concept of Gardens by the Bay are the principles of environmental sustainability, bringing to life the National Parks Board Singapore’s vision of creating a City in a Garden. Opened in 2012, the project has been acclaimed worldwide for its remarkable blend of nature, technology, environmental management and imagination, and is a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry that brings the world of plants to Singapore and presents Singapore to the World.

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Situated along the waterfront, the Gardens by the Bay Far East Organization Children’s Garden was completed in 2015, also designed by Grant Associates along with Gardens by the Bay landscape consultants. The one-hectare mix of play area offers experiences for all ages, including water play, rainforest tree houses, ridge top adventure trails, topiary pergola arches, and the Shade and Outdoor Amphitheatre – all in a special garden setting overlooking the Marina Reservoir. Covering various rooftops here are several greenroofs with a variety of tropical plants. The lush greenery which spans across the Garden’s roofs is enabled by the Elmich Lightweight Green Roof System. This system incorporates a revolutionary new medium, EnviroMix® PB, which was combined with a regular soil layer on top to form an ultra-lightweight growing media for plants. Andrew Grant, director, of Grant Associates says, “The Far East Organization Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay creates play opportunities that are not found elsewhere in Singapore that connect children to nature via technology, art and horticulture.” The Children’s Garden is just one part of the spectacular Gardens by the Bay, created as a beautiful, sustainable, and green legacy for future generations to enjoy.

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Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Year: 2015
Owner:
Gardens by the Bay
Location:
Singapore
Building Type:
Multi-Use
Type:
Commercial
System:
Single-Source Provider
Size:
2,487 sq.ft.
Slope:
2-4%
Access:
Inaccessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Design and Landscape Architect: Grant Associates
Landscape Consultant: Gardens by the Bay
Main Contractor: Swee Hong
Greenroof System: Elmich Lightweight Green Roof System
Landscape Contractor: Tropic Planners & Landscape Pte Ltd
Green Roof Specialist: Elmich Pte Ltd
Growing Media: EnviroMix® PB, Elmich Pte Ltd
Distributor & Supplier of EnviroMix® PB: Elmich Pte Ltd
Project Manager: PMLink
Quantity Surveyor: Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte Ltd
Lighting Consultants: LPA Inc.
Irrigation Consultants: WET Pte Ltd
Play Equipment: Play Point Singapore Pte Ltd
Treehouses: Carve
Original Concepts for Water Play: Howeler & Yoon
Water Play: CT-Art Creation Pte Ltd
Topiaries Contractor: Candy Floriculture Pte Ltd

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

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~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP

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Video & Project of the Week for November 2, 2015: Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort SkyPark®

November 4, 2015 at 7:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/2/15

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Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort SkyPark®
Singapore
133,472 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the 929,000 square meter (10 million square-foot) Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort urban district anchors the Singapore waterfront, creates a gateway to Singapore, and provides a dynamic setting for a vibrant public life. The world’s most expensive casino hotel, the 55-floor Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort consists of three towers standing 650 feet high. Its crowning engineering achievement is the Sands SkyPark® which tops the complex with a 340-metre-long (1,120 ft) SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150-metre (490 ft) infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67 metres (220 ft). Engineering firm Arup described the integration of the varied and advanced technologies as the ‘most difficult to carry out in the whole world.’

Located on level 57, the lush greenroof oasis features 250 trees and 650 plants, a large observation deck, jogging paths, and the amazing infinity swimming pool, available to enter only to guests. There are four movement joints beneath the main pools, designed to help them withstand the natural motion of the towers, and each joint has a unique range of motion. This 1.2 hectare (3 acre) tropical oasis is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall and large enough to park four-and-a-half A380 jumbo jets. Guests and visitors can experience fine dining or have a drink 57 stories above on the breathtaking Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort SkyPark® or take in the stunning city skyline from the public observation deck with the best 360-degree panoramic views. From Marina South Pier all the way out to the Singapore Strait, visitors can observe the bustling shipping lanes that have built Singapore?s rich multicultural history as well as attractions such as the Singapore Flyer, Marina Barrage, and Gardens by the Bay. At night, the skyline is simply spectacular.

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Year: 2010
Owner: Marina Bay Sands Pte. Ltd. (A subsidiary of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation)
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 133,472 sq. ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Design Architect: Moshe Safdie, Safdie Architects
Executive Architect: Aedas, Pte, Ltd.
Structural Engineers: Arup
MEP Engineers (Design): R.G. Vanderweil, LLP
MEP Engineers (Production): Parsons Brinckerhoff
Landscape Architect (Design): Peter Walker & Partners (PWP Landscape Architecture)
Landscape Architect (Production): Peridian International Inc
Lighting Consultants: Project Lighting Design
Water Features: Howard Fields Assoc. International
Casino Design: Moshe Safdie with The Rockwell Group
Theater Consultants: Fisher Dachs Associates
Graphics, Signage and Wayfinding: Pentagram
Feng Shui Consultants: Chong Swan Lek and Louisa Ong-Lee
Construction Manager & General Contractor: Ssangyong Engineering and Construction
Landscape Contractor: Prince’s Landscape & Construction

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Greenroofs.com Announces the “2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”

October 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Our Design Editor Haven Kiers and I recently inaugurated our yearly “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” at CitiesAlive 2015 in Brooklyn, and it was awesome!  We had a wonderful turn out, and as usual, we had a great time sharing our vision of trending projects and designers.

Now Aramis and I are off to Singapore next week where I’ll present it solo at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) 2015 on November 5-7.  The ISGC also promises to be a fantastic event if it was anything like our first trip there when I spoke in 2010 at their inaugural conference.

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If you have not seen our actual 2015 Top List, here’s our Press Release:

The World Wide Web. – October 4, 2015 – Now in our ninth year, Greenroofs.com’s dynamic Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwalls Design holds the promise of exciting and important new projects from local and international designers to thrill, invigorate, and inspire you.  Compiled yearly since 2007 by Publisher Linda S. Velazquez and Design Editor Haven Kiers, they spotlight newsworthy, spectacular, sometimes fantastical, forward-thinking designs and designers.

Greenroofs.com is proud to inaugurate the 2015 Top 10 Hot List this week at the 13th Annual 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Brooklyn, New York on October 5 – 8 where both Haven and Linda will be presenting.  Also, Linda will share this year’s Top 10 in Singapore at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) on November 5-7, 2015.

“While promoting the global living architecture industry and community here on a daily basis, it’s extremely important to highlight yearly market trends and feature some of the best and brightest designs as inspiration to us all. ” ~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP

In addition to unique examples of client specific boutique greenroofs and walls that always defy categorization, the buzz in 2015 encompasses trends from across the planet that have been building momentum since the end of 2014.  We’re seeing increased growth in specific market sectors, such as the sports industry, as well as particular areas of the world such as Washington, D.C. and the Mediterranean region.  With the decline of bees and other pollinators posing a direct threat to the world’s food supply, ecologists are stepping up – to the roof – to help the plight of the bee through design.  And the trend of the mega greenroof is once again on the rise, as in the case of massive rooftop parks.  Another category with intensive greenroofs, Urban Rooftop Forests, is also popular because of the deeper growing medium’s ability to sustain and nurture trees, who in turn nurture us all.

“As usual, we comb the globe high and low in search of built and proposed projects that catch our design eye and progressive spirit with an attractive combination of ecosensitivity and chic sustainability.” ~ Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP

The Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2015:

10) “Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls”

9) “Beekeeping on the Roof: Biodiversity with Pollinators”

8) Living Architecture in Mediterranean Climates”

7) “Green Transportation Corridors”

6) “Greening Our Capital: Washington DC’s Stately Greenroofs”

5) “Fields of Green: Big League Sports Venues”

4) “Trees, Trees, Trees: Urban Rooftop Forests”

3) “Rooftop Parks: Green Playgrounds of the Rich, Private, & Public”

2) “The Influence of Architects & Designers – Taking a Leadership Role in Design:
William McDonough+Partners and BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) Architects”

1) “Visionary Wonders of the Green World”

As usual, for 2015 we have reserved the #1 spot for insightful and avant-garde eco-masterpieces with a sky high wow factor.

~ Linda V.