ArchiPaper.TV presents a great video on Gardens by the Bay, an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a "Garden City" to a "City in a Garden".

Interview: ArchiTeam
Video created by: Anna Varakli, Sophia Theodoridou
Voice transcription: Vanesa Souli
Text Editing / Proofreading: Vanesa Souli

Three of the associated to the project directors - Andrew Grant, Keith French, Chris Wilkinson - talked to ArchiTeam about the project.

Andrew Grant (Director of Grant Associates)
“Gardens by the Bay” is like an once-in-a-lifetime project, like a dream that I never really imagined it could possibly happen. Its scale, you know, the idea that you can create almost this fantasy world that you might see in a movie actually, this is something that’s real and its going to stay here forever. I think a really nice thing about working by the Gardens by the Bay has been the team actually. We all know that I keep people to myself, Patrick Bellew the environmental engineer, Neil Thomas, Paul Baker, we all knew each other before, we’ve worked with each other before but actually it was a very nice thing to work as a team, good friends just pushing through, just helping each other, get the project working.

Keith French (Director of Grant Associates)
This is a project about gardens and about plants and really it was about showcasing them in the most spectacular way. Our starting point was what the definition of a garden. A definition we found used the word of wonder, magnificence, extraordinary and try wive that into landscape and topography. The other inspiration was the orchid, the national flower of Singapore and that was used as analogous to try structure and inform the layout of the gardens, in terms of the physiology and the way it takes host and then wives its way out.

The starting point was to understand the constraints associated with the project. So we were working very close with engineers on the actual reclamation process, in terms of understanding constrains of the topography, constrains of even built structures and the various settlement issues associated with that. So from the outside there was a very close working relationship with the engineers. And as the project moved forward going to the details as the structures, such as the bridge, and the pergolas and the super trees, again there was close working relationships.

It was a project of exceptional collaboration. It’s been a lot of hard work but it’s been fun, it’s been friendships, it’s been amazing. And working across different cultures, different disciplines, and different countries has been amazing.

Chris Wilkinson (Director of Wilkinson Eyre Architects)
“Gardens by the Bay” is one of our most exciting projects. What I like about it is the relationship between the landscape and the buildings and I like also the coordination between the structure, the services and the materials of construction.

It was a competition which we won in 2006. I’m very excited by the whole project, I really love it. I was there two weeks ago, actually I had to meet the two conductors of Cambridge when they came over and it was very exciting, for them as well, I guess. As far as the building goes, I think it’s an once-in-a-lifetime project because it’s an opportunity to explore climate change and to do it in a sustainable way. I think the issues of the environment are so important to us now that any research is good and the research on this project is very valuable because we are exploring change in the climate without taking energy from the grit, so we are creating the energy from biomass and photovoltaic to provide the power to change the climate and I think this is a very exciting potential because it could be done on a bigger scale.

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