Singapore Debuts a Park Featuring Solar-Powered Supertrees
24 Apr, 2012
Gardens by the Bay will be Singapore’s largest garden project and is central to the country’s continued development of Marina Bay. The gardens will feature two cooled conservatories—the Flower Dome (cool dry biome) and Cloud Forest (cool moist biome), as well as themed horticulture gardens, heritage gardens, and hundreds of thousands of plants from around the world. UK landscape architects Grant Associates are responsible for all the gardens in the Bay South area.
One of the more impressive elements will be the Supertrees, which are tree-like structures ranging in height from 9 to 16 stories. There will be 18 Supertrees, which act as vertical gardens covered with tropical flowering climbers, epiphytes and ferns.
During the day, the trees and their huge canopies will provide shade, shelter and help moderate temperatures. At night, the canopies will come alive with special lighting and projected media. Eleven of the trees are embedded with solar photovoltaics to generate electricity for lighting and water technologies to help cool the conservatories.