Greenery is a valued possession in the present era as city dwellers are ordinarily restricted to cramped and oxygen-deprived spaces. A burst of green is a refreshing change and has a soothing effect on the mind, body and soul. Stimulating the freshness in an urban jungle setting improves the quality of life and yields innumerable health benefits. The jam-packed layouts give lesser leeways to build an expansive garden in a horizontal dimension. Ever since the legendary hanging gardens of Babylon, the concept of rooftop gardens has taken full swing eradicating the space constraint and making way for flora and fauna as the crown jewel of the skyscrapers.
Oxygenate your soul with a breathtaking view and crisp air from these 5 sky gardens worth stopping by-
ACROS FUKUOKA, JAPAN
Inaugurated in 1995, with over 50,000 plants and trees the pyramid-shaped ACROS is a 14-storied building designed by the pioneering architect Emilio Ambasz. The hub of international, cultural and informational exchange has opened certain portions for public visit. The ascending steps and ladder-like waterfalls are sprawled with glossy ponds, and gardens for meditation revealing a powerful solution to the common urban problem. The design evokes the beauty of Japanese art and thrives on no watering or pesticide use. A semicircular glass panel exhibits a symphony hall, shops and offices. The rooftop observation deck has a great panoramic view and the building at large is an invaluable resource to the people.
GARDENS BY THE BAY, SINGAPORE
A one-of-a-kind horticultural theme park, this garden is a city in itself. Open to the public in 2012 it rakes outwardly and dominates the edge of the Marina reservoir in Singapore. The three distinct gardens and the premium attraction called the cloud forest are spread across 101 hectares. Advancing on the skywalk one can witness the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, vertical gardens, greenhouses and lush flowers. The nine zones and high suspended walkways dispense a great view of the surrounding areas. It is declared a national icon and fabricates a blazing recreational space for the locals and visitors.
SKY GARDEN, LONDON
An outstanding space placed on the 37th floor of 20 Fenchurch street, the sky garden is absolutely stunning and free of cost as long as booked online and in advance. The sight from above is phenomenal with fancy bars and restaurants to quench your thirst and hunger with a marvellous view of the city. The shape of this leggy building is like that of a walkie-talkie and it has more to offer than you can imagine. Head here with family and friends for live music performances and the mighty skyline to replenish yourself from the hectic life of the megalopolis.
ROCKEFELLER CENTRE, NEW YORK
Featured in many popular movies and created in 1935, the Rockefeller centre is the main attraction in New York. Architect Raymond Hood is the mastermind behind this famous complex and the secret rooftop garden which is now closed to the public. Comprising approximately 2000 trees and shrubs they are occasionally lent as a wedding venue. The building is an epicentre giving a 360-degree view of the mighty city. The Channel garden is a seasonal fall installation here along with other holiday and perennial experiences. Open from 9 am to 11 pm, the passes can be bought online as per one’s preferences.
TORRE GUINIGI, TUSCANY
Huddled in the historical city of Lucca, Torre Guinigi allows you to witness a forest 125ft high in the sky. Built of auburn bricks the head of the tower is home to ancient holm oaks and features a marvellous view of Tuscany. Erected by a rich merchant family it has Romanesque-gothic architecture and is decorated with coats of arms. The trees were planted as a symbol of rebirth and renewal. Standing on top expect your eyes to capture the view of the surreal bordering mountains and is a must-visit.