If you're making your way to Singapore soon, prepare to be greeted by a canopy of artificial trees that tower hundreds of feet above the hot and humid city. Deemed as 'Supertrees,' each vary in height between 80 and 160 feet, and are made
of four parts: reinforcement concrete core, trunk, planting panels of
the living skin, and canopy.
According to Fast Company, this man-made mechanical forest project took about five years to complete. The 18 supertrees aren't just for gawking at; they've been designed to generate solar power, function as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and even collect rainwater. And just like rainforests, these large canopies help in moderating temperature by absorbing and dispersing heat. It also offers shelter to visitors walking below, although brave citizens can always go exploring above-ground via the special sky bridges linking the trees together.
The supertrees can be found in the Bay South garden, an is open to the public starting from June 29. For more details, visit the project's official website.