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Wilkinson Eyre’s Cooled Conservatories crowned world’s best building at WAF2012

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Wilkinson Eyre’s Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore has won the coveted world building of the year award

Displaying plants and flowers from Mediterranean and tropical regions, the two enourmous structures are part of a £500 million landscaped park by Grant Associates, Wilkinson Eyre, Atelier One and Atelier Ten.

Called Gardens by the Bay , the 54-hectare tropical gardens scheme – featuring 18 super-trees and two giant cooled conservatories – picked up the high-profile award at the 5th World Architecture Festival in Singapore today (5 October).

The park project was named the world’s best display building on the award’s first day.

Zimbabwe’s University of Harare meanwhile won the student award for its ‘In the Court of Renaissance Architecture’ proposal.

The world’s future project of the year award - for a scheme yet to be built - went to Aecom’s Musheireb Heart of Doha vision.

Located 0.5 km away from Doha Bay, the masterplan was based on a grid and lattice concept, featuring a series of laneways to create simple and enjoyable routes through the city.

The jury praised the project, saying: ‘it has a highly intelligent set of guidelines for the re-creation of the city. It understands the implications of culture and substance; we have much respect for the Qatar Masterplan.’

WAF’s top landscape award was given to Atelier Dreiseitl for its Kallang River Bishan park in Singapore.

The redevelopment project transformed a concrete canal into a naturalised river. Featuring a bio-engineered river edges using a variety of plants and bedding materials, the schem created a new public realm which can be used as a floodplain when water levels rise.

The jury commended it, saying: ‘This remarkable project fundamentally transforms the urban landscape of Singapore by reversing the fundamentals of 1960s thinking on drainage canals into an ecological and people-friendly urban sponge.

‘It powerfully embraces the extremes of flooding disasters, while providing a rustic and poetic simplicity with its landscape strategy for the public. Its large scale with subtle local effects also showcases truly sustainable strategies.’

In this video Andrew Grant walks around the project reflecting on the ideas and inspirations behind the the design of the supertrees, cooled conservatories and themed gardens.


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