This distinctive waterfront gardens in the heart of Marina Bay defines Singapore as the world’s premier tropical garden city. The gardens are a national and international exemplar of sustainable practice.
Atelier Ten provided mechanical and electrical engineering design to completion and masterplan sustainability consultancy. The main gardens include two biomes representing the cool dry conditions of the Mediterranean springtime and the cool moist conditions of tropical mountain regions.
We developed innovative strategies for
controlling these conditions within the
naturally humid environment of Singapore
while minimising energy demand to
exemplar levels. External supertree
structures coupled with liquid desiccant
systems provide cool air to the biomes.
A key early ambition was to somehow use
the solar energy entering the domes as a part of the ‘virtuous’ energy cycle. The
displacement conditioning arrangement
causes the air at the top of the biomes to
be significantly warmer than the design
temperature at low level, particularly in
periods of high solar gain. Air is extracted
from the top of the Flower Dome and is
returned through an underground tunnel to the adjacent Silver Supertree cluster where it becomes the supply air for the desiccant regenerator equipment. The temperature and dryness of this extracted air increases the efficiency of the system and effectively means that there is an indirect solar energy
component to the regeneration process.
The Supertrees house photovoltaic panels that generate enough annual power to light the Supertrees. Waste generated by Singapore’s National Parks is diverted from landfill and used as a source of biomass to generate energy for use throughout the gardens.
As part of the Masterplan development and implementation process, we developed and utilised a range of sustainability implementation plans (SIP’s) for the development tailored to the different teams delivering the various parts of the project. These covered all areas of environmental sustainability potentially affected by the development, and aimed to weave holistic ideas of sustainability into the project.
As building services engineers and
environmental design consultants we are
committed to the design and delivery of high performance building services systems and sustainable building design. As a practice, we have a history of innovation and are not afraid to challenge conventional thinking. Our approach seeks to unlock the hidden value in projects. We believe that sustainable design is greater than the sum of its parts.
Our core objective is to meet the needs of
our clients by developing well-integrated
buildings with simple systems that work
with natural laws of physics to increase
comfort, reduce energy consumption
and contribute back to the greater
environment. Our success is built on
the expert delivery of innovative and
sustainable engineering solutions.
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