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To develop its Marina Bay area, Singapore is building 18 “supertrees” as tall as 164 feet as part of a mulit-million project called Gardens by the Bay. The artificial forest will open to the public on June 29.The trees will also generate solar power, collect rainwater and cool the buildings in the area. There will even be an aerial walkway between some of the trees to provide citizens and tourists with spectacular views of Singapore’s downtown district.
According to CNN, first prime minister of the Republic of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew said the gardens would become “the pride of Singapore.”
U.K. architecture firm Grant Associates has been hard at work building a top notch experience around these super trees, which range between 9 and 16 stories tall.
The supertrees will be located in the Bay South area of the gardens and are inspired by the lush rainforest trees of the region.
There will be nearly 163,000 plants of over 200 species being used in this version of a vertical garden.
Each super tree is made up of various varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical climbing flowers.
How were the super trees made? Each tree has a concrete core, a steel trunk fitted with planting panels and a canopy at the top lifted by a hydraulic jack system.
A 128-meter long walkway will connect two of the tallest trees and give visitors a breathtaking aerial view from 22 meters up.
The project also features two huge conservatories led by the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, a beautiful modern architectural structure. The flower dome will have different varieties of flora based on the season.
Every continent has plants represented in the Flower Dome, and many flowers were imported from regions where the plants faced extinction because of climate change of human activities.
Some of these super trees contain photovoltaic cells which bring in solar energy so the trees can light up at night.
At night, visitors can be entertained by food and beverage outlets and even a bistro surrounding the largest trees.
The trees will be lit in various colours, from vibrant reds, browns and oranges to a cooler silver and pink scheme.
Operating hours in the garden will be from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m., but admission for non-residents will set you back a whopping $28.
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