The new Far East Organization Children’s Garden opened yesterday (21 January), at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay designed by Grant Associates. A major new feature of the 54 hectare Bay South Garden, the Far East Organization Children’s Garden will offer a one-hectare mix of play experiences for all ages, including water play, rainforest tree houses, ridge top trails and topiary pergola arches all in a special garden setting overlooking the Marina Reservoir.
WLA spoke to Andrew Grant from Grant Associates about this new feature at Gardens by the Bay.
WLA: Designing a space like the Far East Organization Children’s Garden must have been fun. As designers what was the fun part of the process of designing the garden?
Andrew Grant: To have the opportunity to develop a bespoke play space is a pretty special task in this age of off the shelf play packages, play equipment and risk management. We have had enormous fun imagining new play challenges and ideas for this project, not all of which found their way into the final scheme.
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Plans have been announced for a mega integrated healthcare hub, to be built around Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore, designed by Broadway Malyan. ‘Health City Novena’ is spearheaded by Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the National Healthcare Group and Singapore Health Ministry, and will serve patients in Central Singapore, where the local population is aging faster than the rest of the country. Community-focused design philosophy will deliver a highly-sustainable complex with a large, central open space featuring a new plaza, aimed at putting the community at the heart of the inter-connected buildings.
Continue reading Health City Novena | Singapore | Broadway Malyan
A recently completed building with 4 additional floors; the requirement was to replace an unsightly mesh-façade and improve on a bland and uninviting disused space behind it. Located within the prime Singapore Central Business District (CBD), the 1984 building is 10 storeys tall and was originally designed to be environmentally responsive with floors receding inwards with each lower floor. External RC Planters spanning across the building’s 24m width façade was meant for sun-shading.
Continue reading An Unexpected Hanging-Garden | Singapore | AgFacadesign & Tierra Design
In June we published the most amazing project of 2012 – Gardens by the Bay in Singapore designed by Grant Associates which won the World Building of the Year at WAF. June also saw Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and West 8’s Jubilee Gardens open in London.
Gardens by the Bay | Singapore | Grant Associates ©Craig Sheppard
Continue reading 2012 In Review | June
High Line Section 3 by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
March saw us publish the James Corner Field Operations design for High Line Section 3 and also their winning entry for Chicago’s Navy Pier. Also published in March was Kallang River Bishan Park in Singapore by Atelier Dreiseitl which later WAF landscape architecture award in October 2012.
Continue reading 2012 In Review | March
Gardens by the Bay – Grant Associates | Image Credit Robert Such
The RSA has announced the Royal Designers for Industry awards that began as a means by which to enhance the status of designers today remains the highest accolade for designers in the UK and is conferred to those who have shown sustained design excellence, work of aesthetic value and significant benefit to society. Andrew Grant, founder and director of Bath-based Grant Associates and Dan Pearson, Principal of Dan Pearson Studio are only the second and third British landscape architects to receive the award since it was introduced in 1936. The first was Kim Wilkie in 2009.
Continue reading Andrew Grant and Dan Pearson win Royal Designer for Industry in Landscape Design
Gardens By the Bay with the award winning ‘Cooled Conservatories’ on the left. Image ©Robert Such
This week the World Architecture Festival has been under way and yesterday the festival awards were announced with Kallang River Bishan Park, Singapore winning the landscape prize and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore winning World Building of the Year.
Kallang River Bishan Park winner of World Architecture Festival landscape prize
Kallang River Bishan Park by Atelier Dreiseitl won the landscape prize as the judges deemed “This remarkable project fundamentally transforming the urban landscape of Singapore by rethinking the fundamentals of 1960s thinking, transforming a drainage canal into an eco- and people-friendly urban space.”
Gardens by the Bay winning World Building of the Year with the award officially going to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for the design of the Cooled Conservatories. However, Paul Finch, Festival Director stressed at the awards ceremony that this was a magnificent team effort and that the whole team should be recognised – in addition to the architect, the landscape architect Grant Associates and engineers Atelier One and Atelier Ten. Congratulations to Atelier Dreiseitl and all of the Gardens By the Bay team.
We have featured both projects in the past and you can revisit Kallang River Bishan Park by Atelier Dreiseitl and Gardens by the Bay.