The Jurong Lake District regional centre in west Singapore will be developed into Singapore’s 2nd Central Business District based on a masterplan by a multi-disciplinary team lead by KCAP.
Client: Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Singapore
Year: 2016 - present
Participating parties: SAA Architects, Arup, S333, Lekker and expert Consultants Erve & Co and KEOTO AG
Project's description: The smart, sustainable and future proof district surrounding the HSR terminus will provide over four million square meters built program for working, living, retail and leisure and is designed for the flexible long-term evolution of the future economy.
The detailed masterplan for the site has the ambition to develop the area into a new CBD that provides live-work-play amenities and is built around the future Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail terminus. Qualities of the plan are its high-density mixed-use programme which incorporates new waterways and a series of stacked horizontal landscape datum and connections that weave through the entire district to create a distinctive identity for Singapore and its vision as a ‘City in the Garden’ next to the beautiful Jurong Lake Gardens.
The urban typology maximizes vertical urban greenery within a vertical city concept and creates a streetscape network for active mobility, walkability and interactive public spaces. The integrated, sustainable urban systems maximize the streetscape by proposing to place all major transport (fringe car park hubs and drop-offs) and engineering below the city (common services tunnel), creating layers of optimized infrastructure and a car-lite district. Existing heritage buildings, landscapes and ecosystems are respected and repurposed in a powerful dialogue with the new development. The future buildings will meet BCA Green Mark Platinum and plug into the district infrastructure (district cooling, pneumatic waste) to reduce resource and manpower consumption.
With its strategic location, open environment and optimized programming, the area will become a new gateway to Singapore and will serve as the new hub for the nascent science and innovation corridor, setting a new benchmark in Singapore for integrated work, knowledge, leisure and living environments. The URA describes the masterplan a “model district of the future” for integrated, smart planning.