Singapore Design – Supertrees
Last month while on the way back from a sourcing trip to Indonesia, I spent a couple of days in Singapore. The first thing I did was head to the new Gardens by the Bay which wasn’t completed the last time I was there. I was mainly interested in seeing the Supertrees, which I had read about in various architecture and Singapore design magazines.
Well they certainty didn’t disappoint! The solar-powered Supertrees are found in the Bay South garden, which is part of a 250-acre landscaping project — Gardens by the Bay — which is an initiative from Singapore’s National Parks Board that sees the cultivation of flora and fauna from foreign lands.
The man-made mechanical forest consists of 18 Supertrees that serve as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the Supertrees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that convert sunlight into energy, which provides lighting and aids water technology within the conservatories below.
I seem to be traveling to Asia a lot lately for our clients so I’ll definitely be back to this don’t-miss spot! Wish we had Supertrees in NYC.