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Lubetkin Prize shortlist: Gardens by the Bay by Wilkinson Eyre and Grant Associates

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Wilkinson Eyre and Grant Associates have been named among the finalists for this year’s Lubetkin Prize

Judges’ citation: Gardens by the Bay is an outstanding example of sustainability, while also communicating important messages about these issues to a wide public.

Two contrasting glasshouses covering more than 2ha (making them the biggest climate-controlled greenhouses in the world) feature a dry Mediterranean climate in the shallow inverted bowl and a cooler, moist environment in the conical structure, complete with a ‘mountain’, down which a waterfall descends, raising humidity levels and supporting the lush vertical planting - and a helical walk that winds in and out of a series of exhibitions about climate change.

Both biomes comprise a superstructure of radial steel ribs paired with a steel gridshell forming the substructure.

Read Ruth Slavid’s building study (AJ 29.11.12)

Project data

Client National Parks Board
Contract value £350 million
Structural engineer Atelier One
Environmental engineer Atelier Ten
Contractor Woh Hup
Completion date June 2012
Gross internal area 20,280m²

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