London-based architectural office Wilkinson Eyre have delivered the Cool Conservatory Complex at Singapore’s show-stopping Gardens by the Bay project
London-based architectural office Wilkinson Eyre have delivered the focal point of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay project, a key part of the government’s vision to transform the island state into a ‘City in a Garden’.
The Cooled Conservatory Complex, at the heart of a 101-hectare site that comprises three distinct waterfront gardens, consists of two large-scale glasshouses, which, covering 20,000 square metres, rank among the biggest climate-controlled structures in the world. Each environment has its own distinctive character – one features a dry climate (the “Flower Dome”), the other a cool, moist one (the “Cloud Forest”) – and examines the relation between climate change and horticulture.
Sacré potager garden by atelier barda at the 2013 International Garden Festival
Various wooden altars arranged in a garden evoke crossroad oratories or altars made into private plots in Sacré potager, a garden by atelier barda for the 2013 International Garden Festival.
‘Courtesy of Nature’ garden by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel at the 2013 International Garden Festival
For the 2013 edition of the International Garden Festival, the leading contemporary garden festival in North America, architect Johan Selbing and landscape architect Anouk Vogel have produced Courtesy of Nature, “a contextual installation that invites the visitor to reflect upon our relation to nature.”
Miami Beach SoundScape West 8 2011 © Robin Hill for West 8
It could be argued that the pinnacle of urban landscape architecture was reached in seventeenth century France and the French formal gardens of Jacques Boyceau and André Le Nôtre, or in Britain in the nineteenth century, when Joseph Paxton and John Nash were transforming former Royal Hunting grounds into places for Victorian gentry to promenade. Contemporary urban architects and designers are rarely afforded the same amount of space, money and time as their antecedents and are more often tasked with transforming abandoned plots, redundant structures or characterless inner city areas into suitable places for public recreation. Here, Architonic looks at some recent successes that add value to their surroundings by pushing the boundaries of park design. (by Alyn Griffiths)
read the ‘Park life: the evolving approach to designing urban public space’ article in full on Architonic
'1000 Designs for the Garden and Where to Find Them' by Geraldine and Ian Rudge; published by Laurence King
Once again, thanks to our friends at Laurence King Publishing, Architonic is giving away 5 FREE COPIES of ‘1000 Designs for the Garden and Where to Find Them’ to Architonic Facebook fans. The draw will take place on 18 May. Good luck! >>
Now that BBQ season is in full swing and staying indoors no longer seems to cut the mustard, chances are many of us will endeavour to spruce up what is set to become the venue for these endless alfresco gatherings; be it a garden, roof terrace, patio or a balcony. (more…)