Singapore’s 250-acre green development, Gardens by the Bay, is part of Singapore’s redevelopment and new downtown area at Marina Bay. It features three waterfront gardens — Bay East, Bay Central and Bay South, which opens to the public on June 29. The Cloud Forest biome is the larger of two climate-controlled conservatories. It features a 30-meter-high waterfall and more than 130,000 plants from tropical climes.
The man-made steel forest consists of 18 ‘Super Trees’ varying from 25 to 50 meters in height. They act as cooling ducts for nearby conservatories, collect rainwater, and 11 of them have solar photovoltaic systems to convert sunlight into energy. Bridges and sky-walks, which connect the taller ‘Super Trees’, allow park visitors to see the mammoth green space from a spectacular height.
Solar energy collected by the ‘Super Trees’ during the day is then used to light the magnificent structures after night fall.
Most of the soon-to-be-opened 103-acre Bay South park has free admission and plenty of sprawling space for visitors to have a picnic in the horticultural heaven until 2 am, when the park closes.