The 10 days of revelry celebrating the opening of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay promise to be quite the event, with headliners including Jason Mraz performing on opening night. The Supertrees will also score plenty of jaw-dropping moments with Garden by the Bay’s plan to hold light and sound shows during the new grove’s opening week. The 54-hectare South Garden will also feature a bevy of educational programs as well as floral displays.
After five years in development, the gardens will showcase indoor and outdoor landscaping with a sustainable twist. The conservatories are designed to reduce energy consumption by an average of 30 percent and will also use waste from clippings as a source of biofuel. Water conservation features include the filtration of rainwater and other runoff, which Gardens by the Bay will then recycle and use to irrigate the complex.
The Supertrees, however, really steal the show. Tropical plants native to southeast Asia creep up these towers and add splashes of color and texture. The canopies above will feature solar photovoltaics that will contribute electricity for the entire complex. Providing shade during the day and multimedia at night, the Supertrees are one of the greatest innovations to hit this dynamic city-state since a bartender at the Raffles hotel invented the Singapore Sling.
Photos by Robert Such, Darren Chin, Craig Sheppard