The lush and beautiful Gardens by the Bay is dominated by the sleekly sculptured biodomes – marvels of architecture, design and engineering.
It’s hard to miss the sprawling 101-hectare lot right by the water in Marina Bay. Two huge futuristic structures rise out of the greenery at Gardens by the Bay, which was designed with environmental sustainability in mind.
These are the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest cooled conservatories, and are the world’s largest columnless greenhouse. The freestanding unsupported glass roofs enclose expansive spaces unmarred by any pillar or column.
Besides ultra-modern design, the conservatories also use cutting-edge technologies for better energy efficiency.
The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of regions like California and South Africa, and boasts more than 32,000 plants comprising some 160 species, cultivars and varieties.
Not to be missed is the cool, misty Cloud Forest Dome, with its 35-metre-tall “Cloud Mountain”, covered in orchids, ferns and bromeliads and containing the world’s largest indoor waterfall.
You’ll recognise the distinctive Supertrees – 9 to 16-storey-tall vertical gardens that collect rainwater, generate solar power and act as venting ducts for the park’s conservatories.
If you dare, take the OCBC Skyway, a suspended 128-metre-long walkway between two Supertrees, for a bird’s eye view of the park.
As dusk falls, the Garden Rhapsody comes on. This dazzling light and sound show takes place nightly amid the Supertrees. Then dine at romantic Pollen in the Flower Dome, glamorous Indochine at the top of the Supertrees or Satay by the Bay for hearty local food.