Singapore is well known for its nature-based attractions including the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Night Safari and the recently opened River Safari.

Gardens by the Bay is the newest addition to these green space innovations, making this architecturally brilliant metropolis truly a “City in a Garden.” The location of this new attraction, which lies on reclaimed land along the marina, was originally intended as space to extend the financial sector.

Case studies, such as one that was conducted on NYC’s Central Park, show that large green spaces within cities create an unquestionable positive impact on quality of life, though it is often difficult to quantify economic gain.

Still a work in progress, Gardens by the Bay has already drawn international attention through its dazzling architecture and was named the World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2012. The use of innovative energy saving technologies is also drawing attention to this modern park.

Gardens by the Bay is comprised of three parks. The largest, the Bay South Garden, which opened in June of 2012, is the first and only completed phase of the project. This garden features two large biomes and 18 Supertrees. The climate controlled biomes mimic cool-dry and cool-moist climates. Continue reading…

By Erica Jourdan for The Culture-ist, an Untapped Cities partner site.