Gardens by the bay

     

Singapore’s futuristic Gardens by the Bay may look lượt thích a scene of out of the Jetsons, but rest assured, it’s real.

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Photos by: Robert Such, Darren Chin, Craig Sheppard.


With its supertrees, biodomes and skywalks, Gardens by the Bay is part of an overall strategy lớn develop và create a new downtown district in Singapore’s Marina Bay. The government funded projectis meant as a celebration for the ever-evolving thành phố, and though Singapore is surrounded by water, the urban terrain of its tall buildings has left a desire to lớn bring horticulture và green into its metropolis-environment, with the ultimate goal of turning Singpore into a “city in a garden.”When the 250-acre Gardens by the Bay is complete, it will be comprised of three sections: Bay South, Bay East và Bay Central.


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Photos by: Robert Such, Darren Chin, Craig Sheppard.


This past week, Bay South-the largest of the three-was finally opened lớn the public. The centerpieces of the 103-acre garden are the 18 manmade “supertrees” which are vertical structures covered in tropical flowers & ferns. Designed by British architectsWilkinson Eyreand landscape architectsGrant Associates, the25 to lớn 50 meters high structures just dont look omnisciently fantastic, but they also serve sầu a purpose: they generate solar power, act as air vent ducts for the conservatories nearby and collect rainwater. Connected by “skywalks” the supertrees were designed to impress-& they certainly vị.

While access khổng lồ the outdoor gardens at Bay South is không tính tiền, there is an admission khổng lồ enter the shell-shaped conservatories, of which there are two: Flower Dome và Cloud Forest. Equivalent khổng lồ 2.2 football fields, the cool-dry climate controlled Flower Dome houses plants from deserts around the world, while the cool-moist Cloud Forest showcases a manmade mountain that you can asckết thúc, experiencing the lush, tropical vegetation in nine different zones. Cloud Forest also features a 30-meter-high manmade waterfall that helps maintain the climate.

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Photos by: Robert Such, Darren Chin, Craig Sheppard.


Also of note are the Heritage Gardens, four gardens that take you through the history and cultures of Singapore, và the Dragonfly & Kingfisher lakes.


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