Singapore’s Vertical Gardens

Singapore’s not shy of great modern buildings—Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the Colonnade, to name but two. The hot new thing in Singapore is Singapore’s 24-story “Tree House”, holder the Guinness World Record for largest vertical garden. That’s the kicker: the condominium’s largest wall features 24,638 square feet of vertical green space, a whole way of thinking green, beyond the charms of the rooftop garden.

All that Tree House greenery helps offset the building’s carbon footprint by filtering pollutants and carbon dioxide. The really cool part is that the greenery is the cool part: the garden aids in heat absorption, a theoretical boost to the building’s energy savings, by as much as 30 percent.

Other cities take note: vertical gardens scale with the building’s dimensions, unlimited by rooftop square footage.