The Straits Times
Published on Oct 22, 2012

Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay designed to mimic nature


At Gardens by the Bay in Marina South, the Supertrees that rise 25m to 50m into the sky are not just for looks: They also mimic functions of the real thing. Ferns, climbing plants and orchids wend their way up the Supertree frames, similar to what they do in a rainforest.

At the top of the Supertrees, solar panels harness the sun's energy, just as real trees absorb sunlight to make food in a process called photosynthesis.

The Supertrees and the solar panels are meant to raise visitor awareness of both wild and urban ecosystems, said Gardens by the Bay chief operating officer Kenneth Er.

He spoke about the park's sustainable energy systems at the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) at Marina Bay Sands recently. "We're not saying this is the real thing, but this is how we want to illustrate it, and if you want to see the real thing, the rainforest is just nearby," he added.