Gustafson Porter designs stunning landscaped park on Singapore's waterfront
The Bay East competition scheme proposed a series of fronds of a palm leaf in plan linked by the main pedestrian path which winds its way through the site like the stem of a plant. Each of the gardens has a specific theme in keeping with the conceptual design of the inlets. The buildings are seamlessly integrated with the landscape form to create an iconic landscape. Wonderful views back to the skyline of Singapore and an alluring curve in the bays’ form kept one moving along the water’s edge in anticipation of what was yet to come.
The seclusion of the site and its other worldly quality were seen as defining characteristics of Bay East to be maintained and enhanced. The city appears distant but forms the backdrop with water taxis crossing the Bay, bringing visitors to restaurants, cafes, water features and gardens. The design scheme saw Bay East as a tranquil setting for a tropical garden and visitor attraction centred around the relationship between the plant world and the human body.
In developing the design for Bay East the ancient wisdom of wind and water has been given a contemporary interpretation. One of the key strategies was to create water inlets aligned with the prevailing wind direction. The inlets maximise and extend the shoreline. Clustered around each inlet, one finds activities, food and beverage units, water taxi stops and parking facilities. The inlets allow wind and water to penetrate the site to help cool areas of activity surrounding them. The inlets also allow views out to the Bay from the future development to the east.