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Supertree Grove: A Perfect Balance Between Nature and Technology at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore
Posted onLast updated: January 15, 2023
I’m not sure when or when I first heard of these Supertrees. I’m not sure if I saw these on a website or on television, but I remember being blown away by them. What person wouldn’t be? They’re nothing short of amazing. These future cyborg trees of circuit and vine are unlike anything I’d ever seen, towering over the earth at 25-50 meters tall.
The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, like its neighbor the Marina Bay Sands, has become one of Singapore’s most iconic and identifiable attractions, and it’s easy to understand why. Besides from looking super cool, they also perform some fairly fascinating roles.
The Magnificence of Superteree Grove
Nature and technology collide in a perfect storm. Gardens by the Bay has 18 Supertrees in total, 12 of which are located in the Supertree Grove. We went on a cloudy day, so please excuse the bleakness of the images. The Supertree Grove is free to enter.
The Supertrees have been planted with over 162,900 different types of bromeliads, orchids, ferns, and tropical floral climbers. They truly like cyborg trees, with a heart of electronics hidden beneath a skin of leaf and vine.
Each Supertree is composed of four basic components: a reinforced concrete core, a trunk, planting panels, and a canopy. They are designed to look like trees and to function like them. Some have solar panels on them to store energy for the nightly light show, while others serve as air exhaust receptacles to help cool the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories. Furthermore, they all collect rainwater for irrigation and fountain shows. Photosynthesis, air cooling, and rainwater storage – just like real trees!