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Solar-Powered Supertrees Sprout at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay – New Photos!

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On July 14, 2011 @ 6:15 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Design,Features,Green Building,Landscape Architecture | 1 Comment

Gardens by the Bay, Grant Associates, Singapore, Supertrees, solar powered trees, landscape architecture
Image ©Munshi Ahmed

Gardens by the Bay [1] will be Singapore’s largest garden project and is central to the country’s continued development of Marina Bay. Managed by the Singapore [2]‘s National Park Board, 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 25 metres and 50 metres in height (9 to 16 stories). There will be 18 Supertrees, which act as vertical gardens [3] 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. Then at night, the canopies will come alive with special lighting and projected media. Eleven of the trees are embedded with solar photovoltaics [4] to generate electricity for lighting and water technologies to help cool the conservatories.

Aerial walkways will connect a couple of the taller Supertrees together so visitors can see the gardens from up high. And the 50 meter Supertree will feature a treetop bistro offering panoramic views of the bay and the surrounding gardens. Bay South at Gardens By The Bay is expected to be complete in June 2012.

+ Grant Associates [5]

+ Gardens By The Bay [6]

Images Courtesy of the National Parks Board, Singapore

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URLs in this post:

[1] Gardens by the Bay: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2009806/Singapore-Supertrees-50-metre-manmade-trees-installed-middle-city.html

[2] Singapore: http://inhabitat.com/amazing-green-roof-art-school-in-singapore/

[3] vertical gardens: http://inhabitat.com/category/vertical-garden

[4] solar photovoltaics: http://inhabitat.com/austin-texas-gets-an-electric-sunflower-garden/

[5] + Grant Associates: http://www.grant-associates.uk.com/projects_77_2921.aspx

[6] + Gardens By The Bay: http://www.gardensbythebay.org.sg/?p=section&sub=article&articlegrppk=35&articlepk=71

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