D150 . Jan 28 . Extraordinary canopy

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Do you remember yesterday’s post ? This is what you could see form the Marina Sand amazing hotel…

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So, this is actually part of the Gardens By The Bay, a 101 hectares park.

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Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.

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This part of the park is called the “Supertrees Grove”. Supertrees are tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens’ landscape with heights that range between 25 metres (82 ft) and 50 metres (160 ft).

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They are vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include planting, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens.

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The Supertrees are home to enclaves of unique and exotic ferns, vines, orchids and also a vast collection of bromeliads such as Tillandsia, amongst other plants.

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They are fitted with environmental technologies that mimic the ecological function of trees – photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy which can be used for some of the functions of the Supertrees, such as lighting, just like how trees photosynthesize; and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, exactly like how trees absorb rainwater for growth.

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The Supertrees also serve air intake and exhaust functions as part of the conservatories’ cooling systems.

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When you get on the artificial canopy, linking the Supertrees, not only you enjoy a breathtaking aerial view but overall it looks like, all the sudden, you have entered an Avatar movie scene.

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Frankly, while I was there, I had my mouth open all the way. This is simple UNBELIEVABLE.

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