With what’s believed to be the world’s largest indoor living wall up and thriving in Quebec, the world’s largest vertical garden, period, has now been identified by the superlative-obsessed folks at Guinness World Records.

The honor goes to Tree House, a plant-clad condo tower rising 24-stories above Chestnut Ave. in Bukit Timah, a ritzy residential district and nature reserve in central Singapore. Because really, with a name like Tree House in the so-called “Garden City,” you better be sporting some seriously visible vegetation.

Sporting visible vegetation and then some, the luxury building's defining feature is a lush, plant-shrouded façade spanning 2,300 square meters — that’s nearly 25,000 square feet. By comparison, the aforementioned indoor project in Quebec rang in at a little over 2,000 square feet. 

Tree House was completed in 2013 by City Developments Limited (CDL).

Although there’s not a ton of information out there concerning the horticultural nuts and bolts of the garden which CDL describes as a “vertical green lung” capable of “filtering pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air,” it is expected that the residents of the 48 west-facing units directly insulated by the garden will collectively enjoy a 15 to 30 percent reduction in cooling costs — a savings of between roughly $9,500 and $19,000 per year.

All and all, when combined with a host of other energy-saving features incorporated in the building’s design such as motion-activated lights in hallways, heat-reducing windows, and efficient elevators, Tree House’s world record-holding vertical garden is expected to garner annual energy savings of over 2,400,000 kWh.

Deputy Chairman of CDL Kwek Leng Joo in a press statement:

CDL takes great pride in building developments that leave an indelible impression on the cityscape. We have continuously pushed the boundaries with breakthrough sustainable designs and features as well as state-of-the-art technologies. With the eco-inspired Tree House, CDL has not only created a place where residents are proud to call homebut more importantly, a green icon which placed Singapore in the world map.
Tree House snatched the title from the vertical garden at the Ocean Financial Centre, also in Singapore. It’s also worth noting that CDL is behind Singapore’s largest residential solar array at the D’Nest development. 


Via [WSJ]

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