Within last few years the Marina Bay in Singapore witnessed development of the futuristic project, which aims to change the perception of the city enriched by the new green areas.
The project, which started in 2007 is called Gardens by the Bay and issupposed to cover the area of 101 ha until the finishing in 2014.
The first visitors were able to have a glimpse of the gardens last year, and few week ago (29 June 2012) the large part of the gardens became opened for public.
There will be ten themed gardes with vegetation from all over the world, large water areas and advanced greenhouses, two of them already exist.
These large conservatiories display the fauna of Mediterranean and Sub-Tropical zone ( the Flower Dome ) as well as mountain vegetation ( the Cloud Mountain).
The most attention of visitors is focused on high towers of concrete with glass and steel supporting resembling in shape big muschrooms, but called Supertrees and so perform the functions similar to natural trees, providing the shade and stabilisation for smaller plants and rain collectors. The large solar panels are to collect the energy similar to the process of photosynthesize and what is rather unique – and most spectacular – the structures are equpped with systems of lights changing the color durng the night shows.
There are total of 17 supertrees, each between 25 and 50 m high and the hanging catwalk connects some of them providing the aerial view on the whole area and the access to the bar located atop of one of the supertrees. There are several more dining venues and the area for meetings and lectures for school children.
In the close future Gardens by the Bay will meet new Flower Market and Main Event Space.
[ Photo courtesy of Choo Yut Shing ]