Singapore’s man-made ‘Supertrees’ flourish amongst city’s concrete jungle
2012-07-23 0:00

By Debra Black |

The eye is drawn to them immediately: 18 “Supertrees”, ranging in height from 25 to 50 metres, springing out of the earth like giant-sized toadstools.

Inspired by the Karri trees in Western Australia, these man-made structures — made out of a concrete and steel— provide a base for tropical climbing flowers as well as orchids and ferns.

The trees – that also light up at night and come alive with projected media, combining the worlds of botany and engineering — are part of a unique park project in Singapore opening on June 29.


[The supertrees] not only serve as a space for vertical gardens but also are embedded with sustainable energy and water technologies integral to the cooling of the two conservatories — the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest Dome — and an energy centre. An aerial walkway is suspended from the “Supertrees” offering visitors a view of the entire garden.

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"Designed to evoke the elegance of dominant trees found in nature, the Supertrees are no doubt one of the key features of the Bay South garden. Standing at 25m to 50m (nine to 16 storeys) tall, the large canopies of the Supertrees will provide shade and shelter for visitors.

At night, these structures will come alive with lights and projected visuals. More than just a pretty sight, these towering creations aren’t merely decorative. They will also power the conservatories, while serving as energy centers that house solar hot water heaters, solar panels, venting ducts, and rainwater harvesting systems."

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