Supertrees Grove at Dusk – Towering Attraction of Gardens by the Bay
Supertrees, high-tech flowers: Singapore’s incredible new attraction, Gardens by the Bay
One of the world’s coolest ‘green’ initiatives, the innovative gardens feature solar-powered trees and climate-controlled flower domes
Forget the casino. Marina Bay Singapore’s hottest new attraction is Gardens by the Bay, a cutting-edge horticultural mega project featuring 50-meter high solar-powered “supertrees” and climate-controlled biomes.
The entire project is estimated to have cost more than S$1 billion. Today is the official opening of Bay South Garden, the largest of the 101-hectare venue’s three gardens. The 54-hectare section features cooled flower domes, multiple heritage-themed outdoor gardens and two lakes.
Bay South Garden’s two glass biomes — dubbed “Cloud Forest” and “Flower Dome” — were designed to replicate the cool-moist climate of the tropical montane region, the Mediterranean and semi-arid sub-tropical regions.
The conservatories feature plants and trees from these areas, which are among the most threatened habitats in the world, say Gardens officials. In addition to the permanent display of plant life and tree species, there will be seasonal changing floral displays in the Flower Dome.
Ranging in height from 25 to 50 metres, the Gardens’ 18 Supertrees are basically vertical gardens covered in bromeliads, ferns and tropical flowering climbers. Two of the trees are connected via an aerial walkway.
It’s pretty innovative stuff. The structures mimic the ecological functions of real trees through their environmentally sustainable features.
Some have photovoltaic cells on their canopies to harvest solar energy to light up at night, others are integrated with cooled conservatories and serve as air exhaust receptacles.
Above passage adapted from CNNGo.
Here’s a 3 minute video walk-through of the gardens:
For those who are fans of National Geographic Megastructures, here’s a feature on the gardens: