Gardens by the Bay is built as a continuation of the goverment’s commitment to transform Singapore into a “Garden City” with lush greenery and outdoor spaces for the people. The total area of the park is 250 acres by the Marina in central Singapore. The most visited parts of the park are the two Conservatories, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, and the Supertrees Grove. The architecture of these buildings aims at minimizing the environmental impact with a rainwater collection system from the surface of the greenhouses that is then sent to be circulated in the cooling system at the Supertrees where hot air is vented.
I spent a day wandering around the city of Singapore and checking out some of the streets with old shophouses and colonial buildings side by side with modern high rises. Shophouses here are mostly constructed between the 1840s and the 1960s and are at most two to three storeys tall. The ground floor was used as a shopfront with the owners of the business living in the upstairs quarters. Once dilapidated, these shophouses are now restored and used as galleries, boutiques, cafes, and bars.