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In one of my previous post, you could see pictures and video from the Skypark of Marina Bay Sands Hotel. You can check the post HERE. There is an amazing view on Gardens by the Bay from 56th floor. On the left side, you can see two huge glasshouses. And I’m not using word “huge” loosely here. They are the world’s largest columnless greenhouses. They even make it to the Guinness World Record in 2015. The left one is Flower Dome and right one Cloud Forrest. Let’s have a closest look to the Flower Dome first.
The dome looks like big glass bubble or maybe rain drop protected by 28 metal arches placed outside on the top. They were inspired by the human rib cage. And they have the similar function – to protect. The arches are absorbing and deflecting strong wings. The grid glass structure has another function. It holds all this immense amount of glass together and give necessary sunlight to flora inside. Let’s forget about the functionality for a moment and just enjoy a beauty of this glasshouse. Such a eyes pleasing object. You probably will be not surprised if I tell you that this project received the World Building of the Year Award 2012 at World Architecture Festival and the RIBA Lubetkin Prize in 2013. I’m sure that the architect Paul Baker from WilkinsonEyere based in London must be proud of it.
The glasshouses we have in Europe are creating subtropical or tropical environment. So it is hot and humid inside. Here it works opposite way. It is super hot and humid outside and inside the dome is cool and dry weather. The temperature inside is between 23 °C and 25 °C. So you understand why I’m feeling like at home here. 😀 So if outside of the dome is cca 30°C which with high humidity feels like 37 °C, you will feel the difference immediately. Probably you will try to add some other layer to your outfit (like I do).
Take some sweater or light jacket with you, you might feel cold here. This tip applies for all indoors spaces here in Singapore. Everywhere is aircon (shopping malls, restaurants, MRT, offices etc.) and very often it is set up at quite low temperature. It helps you avoid nasty cold in the tropical climate.
And now what you can find inside. Flower Dome is a conservatory creating cool-dry climate (in comparison with Singapore, for me it is nice summer temperature 🙂 ) for of the Mediterranean and semi-arid sub-tropical regions. You can find here interesting plants and tree species organised to a few gardens – Mediterranean garden, Olive grove, Australian garden, South American garden, South African garden, Baobab and bottle trees and Succulent garden. Those are permanent displays. In the middle of the dome is seasonal changing floral display. It is ” Poinsettia wishes featuring Disney Tsum Tsum” now. This display will be here till 6th of January 2019.
This is a place where you can wonder around and admire beautiful flowers. Doesn’t matter if you are single, couple, family with children, young or old. Just don’t forget the camera with you and take hundreds of pictures and videos. I’m pretty sure that your social media will love them. With so many flowers, this is an amazing romantic place to take wedding pictures. And there is a thought – to propose to your loved one. If you don’t mind that a lot of strangers will stare at you (but maybe that is the point 😉 ).
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
(the standard rate for two conservatories – Flower Dome and Cloud Forrest)
15,- SGD child 3-12 years
28,- SGD seniors 65 years and above
Opening Days & Hours:
Daily: 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
Opening hours prolonged from 9.00 am – 10.00 pm. for the period 30.11.-26.12.2018