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.

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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.

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Via World Architecture News