Sydney’s One Central Park, the World’s Tallest Vertical Garden

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At Central Park in Sydney, Australia, a 33-floor residential building known as One Central Park houses the world’s tallest vertical garden. Designed by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel, the garden towers at 115 meters (380 feet) and showcases panels of greenery designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc. The panels, some of which are several stories tall, are scattered around the building’s facade and carry 450 types of plants (250 of which are local species).

In addition to the garden, One Central Park is also known for the cantilever that juts out from the top floors of the building. A heliostat of motorized mirrors is installed underneath the cantilever, reflecting sunlight to various areas of the garden. LED art installations designed by French light artist Yann Kersalé are also built into the cantilever, lighting up the environment throughout the night.


A leopard (Panthera pardus) walking on sand dunes in Namibia by Andy Rouse/


after spending three days in a boat searching for polar bears in nunavut’s repulse bay, joe bunni, dentist by trade, eventually spotted one approaching his boat.

"we cruised at a distance, so we didn’t disturb the bear. once we were sure it was relaxed with our presence, i slipped quietly into the (two degree celcius) water with just a mask and fins, attached to the boat by a rope," he recounts.

'it's amazing when a huge, powerful animal comes beside you,” he added, noting the seven hundred pound female came within twenty inches of bunni.

the polar bear swam away only seconds after getting these shots, which show, in his words, “the power and elegance of a wonderful creature struggling to survive in a fast-changing climate.”