Singapore’s newest man-made planting development is now open. These vertical, solar powered Supertrees are found in Singapore’s financial district and are a part of the 250-acre landscaping project, Gardens by the Bay.
According to an article in CNN, The forest consists of 18 Supertrees that act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the Supertrees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that convert sunlight into energy, which provides lighting and aids water technology within the conservatories below.
Varying in height between 25 and 50 meters, each super tree features tropical flowers and various ferns climbing across its steel framework. The large canopies also operate as temperature moderators, absorbing and dispersing heat, as well as providing shelter from the hot temperatures of Singapore’s climate to visitors walking beneath.
The project is part of a redevelopment scheme to create a new downtown district in the Marina Bay area, on Singapore’s south side. Project organizers hope the completed Garden by the Bay will become an eco-tourist destination showcasing sustainable practices and plants from across the globe.