A security guard stands on duty at the Ocean Financial Centre vertical garden in the heart of the Central Business District in downtown Singapore. The Vertical Garden at Ocean Financial Centre is the largest potted system vertical garden in the world, as conferred by the Guinness World Records, spanning about 110 metres in length and 20 metres in height. It holds 51,000 pots and 25 plant species, planted in the shape of the world map.
With a growing urban population, high-rise buildings are an increasingly prevalent feature cities across the world. Land is a major constraint in most Asian cities and in the face of high-density urbanisation, the only way to build is upwards. In the dense, urban environment of Singapore, where land area is severely limited, high-rise buildings have typified the urban fabric for years.