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AT GARDENS BY THE BAY,
Winner of the top prize – World Building of the
Year – at the World Architecture Festival 2012,
the dual glass and steel structures stretch 58m
above the bay and have become a widely
admired attraction in Singapore. The two
conservatories, dubbed the Flower Dome and
the Cloud Forest, highlight different climactic
elements, with the Flower Dome mimicking
a Mediterranean environment and Cloud Forest
representing the relationship between plant
and planet. The arches permit natural light
to flood the space and encourage plant life.
The gridshell structure is designed to support
its own weight and that of the glass, with wind
loads successfully resisted by the arches, which
are set back from the surface of the envelope.
Wilkinson Eyre Architects wilkinsoneyre.com .
Unique design features and distinctive materials make this year’s award-winning
commercial projects from around the globe especially memorable.
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