Singapore’s Marina South Gardens and the SuperTrees
Thursday July 07th 2011, 1:41 am
Filed under: Competition,Energy,Living Wall,Public,Water

Following an international design competition for Singapore’s Marina South Gardens back in 2006, a team lead by UK-based Grant Associates was selected to design the masterplan. And now, with the massive construction of Singapore’s largest garden project is well underway.

Below are the conceptual sketch and the illustrative masterplan from the original competition followed by an illustrative section in the area of the SuperTrees. Some text from Grant Associates explains,

The masterplan takes its inspiration from the form of the orchid, and has an intelligent infrastructure that allows the cultivation of plants that would not otherwise grow in Singapore. The centrepiece of this infrastructure is the cluster of Cooled Conservatories along the edge of Marina Bay.

The dual theme of Marina South is ‘Plants and People’ and ‘Plants and Planet’. Each narrative encompasses the length of the gardens, with the Conservatories providing the focus and main educational message.

The Cool Dry and the Cool Moist Conservatories showcase Mediterranean, tropical montane and temperate annual plants and flowering species. They also provide a flexible, flower-themed venue for events and exhibitions.

The Supertrees…are an iconic landmark for the Gardens and Singapore. They are also the environmental engines for the Conservatories and Energy Centre, containing solar hot water and photovoltaic collectors, rainwater harvesting devices and venting ducts.

The photograph above, which was shot just recently on June 29th, shows the massive tree-like structures called the “SuperTrees” in the midst of construction. Although these concrete structures aren’t trees so much as they are massive vertical gardens built as large sculptural elements that will house hundreds of species and varieties of plants. There will be a total of 18 of these vertical super structures with heights ranging from 82 to 164 feet when construction is complete.

The scale of the concrete “trees” next to the human figures is what makes this image truly amazing and quite surreal. It’s hard to believe that this is an actual construction shot and not just another crazy illustrative rendering.

Besides providing the people with a massive botanical park and vegetated shade in the dense urban setting during the day, the grove is supposed to “come alive with lighting and projected media” for a nighttime display.

images via Grant Associates , Vesper Hsieh, National Geographic, Plataforma Arquitectura

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