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Cloud Forest and Flower Dome-Singapore

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 6:41 pm    Post subject: Cloud Forest and Flower Dome-Singapore Reply with quote

These award winning structures in Singapore were designed by Prof. Liew and Prof. Chan.

The Flower Dome
The Flower Dome is the lower but larger of the two, at 1.2 hectares (3.0 acres). It replicates a mild, dry climate and features plants found in the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions (e.g. parts of Australia, South America, South Africa).

The Flower Dome is 38 metres (125 ft) high and maintains a temperature between 23C and 25C, slightly lower at night.

The Flower Dome features 7 different "gardens" as well as an olive grove with a bistro and a central changing display field has also been incorporated to enable flower shows and displays to be held within the conservatory.



Cloud Forest

The Cloud Forest is higher but slightly smaller at 0.8 hectares . It replicates the cool moist conditions found in tropical mountain regions between 1,000 m and 3,000 m above sea level, found in South-East Asia, Middle- and South America. It features a 42m "Cloud Mountain", accessible by an elevator, and visitors will be able to descend the mountain via a circular path where a 35m waterfall provides visitors with refreshing cool air.

Cloud Mountain

The "cloud mountain" itself is an intricate structure completely clad in epiphytes such as orchids, ferns, peacock ferns, spike- and clubmosses, bromeliads and anthuriums. It consists of a number of levels, each with a different theme.

Supertrees Grove
Supertrees are tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens' landscape with heights that range between 25 m and 50 m They are vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include planting, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens.


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

There is an elevated walkway, the OCBC Skyway, between two of the larger Supertrees for visitors to enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of the Gardens. A food and beverage outlet is planned atop the 50m Supertree. At night, the Supertrees come alive with a light and music show called the OCBC Garden Rhapsody.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardens_by_the_Bay



Official web site: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/the-gardens/attractions/cloud-forest.html
http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/the-gardens/attractions/flower-dome.html

Also see:
http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/the-gardens/attractions/supertree-grove.html
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