The team, which is led by Nikken Sekkei and also includes Tierra Design, beat 63 other entries from around the world. It will now develop its masterplan proposal, ‘Lines of Life’, into the design for the first section of the project. Arup will be supporting all engineering disciplines.
The 24km-long disused railway line that stretches from the north to the south of Singapore. In March this year, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA) invited design professionals to develop a concept masterplan and proposals to transform the corridor into a social space that honours heritage, while fostering a sense of community ownership in a natural setting.
The winning design features a cycling path coursing through the full length of the corridor, as well as having 122 access points, 10 nodes and eight distinctive sections. The 12-member evaluation panel has praised the design for providing an extensively detailed plan that addresses the needs and expectations of the design competition, while, above all, remaining committed to a clear vision of delivering a community-centred public space.
The next stage of the scheme will see Arup and the Nikken Sekkei team working together with key collaborators and related government agencies to revise their design, following which they will start on the pilot design for a 4km designated stretch of the rail corridor.