Singapore is one of the smallest and most wealthy countries in the world. Its rapid futuristic development of the city has given Singapore the nickname “City in a Garden” because of amount of greenery integrated into the architecture. Sustainability is taken very seriously by Singaporeans and you will see posters reminding citizens and travelers about the importance of recycling and conserving energy displayed prominently throughout the city. Many of newer buildings are designed to maximize sustainability and have been certified Eco friendly by various organizations. Head out of the city and you will find plenty of hiking trails, treetop jungle bridges, wildlife, and beaches.
- Marina Bay Sands
- Gardens by the Bay
- Historic China Town
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 250 acres of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. Gardens by the Bay is part of a strategy by the Singapore government to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city. The conservatory complex at Gardens by the Bay is comprised of two cooled conservatories; Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Designed with the environment in mind, these conservatories apply cutting-edge technologies that provide energy-efficient solutions in cooling. The conservatories house a diverse collection of plants from the Mediterranean and Tropical Montane regions, which are among the most threatened habitats in the world as a result of climate change and habitat loss brought about by human activities. The most famous and photographed attraction of the Gardens are the massive “Super Trees” that harvest solar energy during the day so that they can give a colorful light and sound show at night.
PARKROYAL on Pickering
Strategically located at the gateway to Singapore’s Central Business District, and minutes away from waterfront entertainment, this flagship hotel connects you to the best the city has to offer. The hotel has won numerous awards for its architecture and sustainability features, and after looking at pictures it’s not hard to see why. By adding plant-covered balconies and terraces around the exterior, the architects were able to create 15,000 square metres of greenery – around double the area of the site – and give every guest a garden view from their room window. These landscapes are designed to be self-sustaining and rely minimally on precious resources. Rainwater collected from upper floors irrigate planters on the lower floors by gravity supplemented by non-potable recycled Newater, which will also be used for all water features. Photovoltaic cell arrays on the roof will power grow lamps and softscape lighting, making these Singapore’s and first zero energy Sky gardens.