Sunday, December 15, 2013

J Spring Fashion Show 2014 OFFICIAL VENUE: Gardens by the Bay's SKYWAY (Singapore)

Gardens by the Bay brings to life Singapore government's vision of creating a City in a Garden. The Gardens captures the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical Garden City with the perfect environment in which to live and work - making Singapore a leading global city of the 21st century. 
Home to a collection of plants from deserts all over the world, it showcases the adaptations of plants to arid environments. 

Supertrees are unique trees of up to 16 storeys in height, which can be found all around the Gardens - twelve at the Supertree Grove, while the remaining six are placed in clusters of threes at the Golden and Silver Gardens.

Providing scale and dimension to the Gardens while marrying the form and function of mature trees, the Supertrees also create height to balance the tall developments in the Marina Bay area. 

The OCBC Skyway is a 128-metre long walkway with a height of 22-metres that connects two Supertrees at the Supertree Grove. Guests will be captivated by the panoramic views of the Gardens as well as the surrounding Marina Bay area. When night falls, watch as the Supertrees come alive with a dazzling myriad of light displays bursting across the sky.


Construction: The Supertree comprises 4 major parts:

  • Reinforcement concrete core – Inner vertical structure that upholds the Supertree.
  • Trunk – A steel frame that will be attached around the reinforcement concrete core.
  • Planting panels – Installed on the trunk in preparation for the planting of the living skin.
  • Canopy – Shaped like an inverted umbrella, the canopy will be assembled and hoisted via a hydraulic jack system (with the exception of the 50m Supertree canopy which will be assembled at its final height).

Environmental sustainable functions

  • Eleven Supertrees will have canopies embedded with environmentally sustainable functions.
  • Some will have photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy for lighting up the Supertrees. Others will be integrated with the cooled conservatories and serve as air exhaust receptacles.


  • Over 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers will be planted on the 18 Supertrees.
  • Examples of some of the species that will be planted on the Supertrees include the Tillandsia stricta from Brazil, Tillandsia fasciculate from Panama, Cattleya maxima from Ecuador, and Pseudorhipsalis from Costa Rica.
  • The Supertrees will have different planting schemes in various colours ranging from warm tones like reds, browns, orange and yellows, to cooler hues like silver and pink.
  • The plants are chosen based on the following considerations:
- Suitable for vertical planting
- Lightweight and hardy
- Soil-less
- Easy to maintain
- Suitable for Singapore’s climate
- Not commonly found in Singapore
- Visually interesting