What’s under foot at Singapore’s futuristic Gardens By The Bay outdoor recreation space is as bright, inviting and appealing to the senses as the skyward view.
Look up at the Supertree Grove, with its plant-entwined vividly coloured metal trunks and sweeping elevated walkway and be amazed. Look down and smile. Rarely is an underfoot experience as appealing as the surface of the Children’s Garden ‘Splash Pad’ play area. Here, PolySoft has poured a vibrantly coloured, springy, 794m2 zone in which giant orchids spout water and fountains spring up in re-sponse to sensors that register movement. PolySoft’s kind-to-feet coverage has kids capering, and adults kicking off their shoes.
The latest in a series of high-profile, playful projects for PolySoft, its involvement in Singapore’s imaginative transformation of reclaimed land confirms its desirability as a durable product:
• Constant foot traffic? PolySoft’s innovative polyolefin plastic-derived pour-in-place system maintains its gentle give.
• Tropical sun? Polysoft keeps its cool – up to 20°C cooler than concrete.
• Constant streaming and splashing of chlorinated water? Polysoft’s UV-stable pigments – Viridian, Liquid Turquoise and Morning Sky, for example – resist fading; and the surface remains slip resistant and hygienic.
In Singapore, as in New York City’s Summer Streets Festival, PolySoft seamlessly integrates with other landscaping components, and can easily be shaped to create natural run-off and water-collection points.
British landscape architectural firm, Grant Associates, was appointed to lead planning of the Gardens by the Bay development in 2006. In an article for www.landscapeonline.com, director Andrew Grant commented: “Our brief for Gardens by the Bay was to create the most amazing tropical gardens in the world, incorporating cutting-edge environmental design and sustainable development principles.We had to factor in the challenges of both the Singapore climate and working on a reclaimed waterfaront. We wanted to capture people’s relationship with nature and use innovative technology to create rich lifestyle, educational and recreational experiences for both local residents of Singapore and visitors from around the world.”
The opening of the fantastically landscaped scene began in June 2012, and it has already welcomed more than 7 million visitors.The Children’s Garden, with its rainforest tree houses, tree-top trails and the water-play Splash Pad as its centrepiece, was revealed to the public in January this year.
Says PolySoft CEO, Ophelia Zhu: “It’s great to see our hard-working surface used so creatively. In harsh city environments people really appreciate a little... tenderness.This spectacular city-garden project shows our ingenious, resilient product at its humanising best.”