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Singapore’s Largest Garden Project Unveiled
Posted By Mike Chino On December 21, 2009 @ 5:20 pm In Architecture,Botanical,Design,Green Building,Urban design | 2 Comments
Designs have just been released for Bay South, an incredible botanical preserve topped with super-tall solar trees  that is set to be Singapore’s largest garden project. Conceived by Grant Associates , the 101-hectare expanse of lush green space will be situated right next to the Marina Bay  resort and will feature two botanical biospheres and a series of towering tree structures that double as vertical gardens .
We touched upon Bay South  back in October when it won Singapore’s international design competition, and we’re thrilled to see how the project has developed. Located on the waterfront by Marina Bay, the gardens will comprise a “cool moist” biome showcasing plants from the Cloud Forest  and a “cool dry” biome that features plants from Mediterranean environments.
The project’s most striking feature is its super-tall tree structures, which function as towering vertical gardens  that collect rainwater  and solar energy  to sustain the garden and light the way at night. The supertrees will range from 30-55 meters in height and will be wrapped in ferns, vines, and tropical flowers.
The first phase of the project is set to open in 2011, and a second 32-hectare development called Bay East is also currently under development that will feature water gardens and an aquatic education center.
Via World Architecture News 
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URLs in this post:
 solar trees: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/11/sun-valleys-to-light-up-the-night-and-day-at-2010-world-expo/
 Grant Associates: http://www.grant-associates.uk.com/
 Marina Bay: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/19/marina-bay-sail-by-nbbj-architects/
 vertical gardens: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/25/the-green-facades-of-edouard-francois/
 Bay South: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/06/gardens-by-the-bay-singapores-largest-ever-garden-project/
 Cloud Forest: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_forest
 vertical gardens: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/01/15/vertical-gardens-by-patrick-blanc/
 rainwater: http://www.inhabitat.com/tag/rainwater/
 solar energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/solar-power/
 World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=13040
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