Last month, we wrote about the soaring steel "supertrees" that have cropped up on the shore of Singapore Bay. Those spindly structures, whose moss-covered trunks rise some 25-50 meters skyward before fanning out into flower-bearing branches, are just part of Gardens by the Bay, a sweeping greenscape that foregrounds Moshe Safdie's Marina Bay Sands complex.
Designed by Grant Associates in collaboration with Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the just-completed park consists of several pavilions and zones, including a pair of swelling steel-and-glass conservatories--so-called 'biodomes'--housing horticulture sourced from both mild and tropical climates and, among other things, an all-weather "edutainment" space. There are also several collections of themed gardens, such as the 'Heritage Gardens'--four in total, each of which have been named and planned according to the floral catalog they contain--and the 'World of Plants', which consists of six gardens that collectively aim to showcase the planet's "biodiversity of plant life." Don't miss the Marina promenade a kilometer-long boardwalk that snakes along the marina's edge and connects the gardens to the city center or forget to charter a boat taxi down 'Dragonfly Lake', an equally large water feature that creates a dramatic setting from which to view the complex as a whole.