Jurong Lake District, Singapore, SG

Singapore’s 2nd Central Business District, will be built around the future Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail terminus and will provide over four million square meters of working, living, retail and leisure space and is designed for the flexible long-term evolution of the future economy.

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.

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JLD will capitalise on its distinctive lakeside setting with pervasive greenery, public spaces and leisure activities for people to enjoy.

 

How do you improve a district that already sits next to a lake and lush gardens? By extending these unique green and blue assets into the district. Generous green spaces will be a signature of the district. These green spaces will be connected by the Green Loop, which is part of an extensive park connector and cycling network that will stitch the district and neighbouring residential areas together and link these areas to the Jurong Lake Gardens.

 

A new waterway will also be created at the eastern shore of the lake, forming a new third island. The district will eventually have 100ha of green spaces, 70ha of water body and 17km of waterfront areas for social and community activities, as well as spaces for recreation, retail and F&B.

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JLD will be a model district to demonstrate how technology can enable a liveable and sustainable urban environment. This will be driven by a combination of district-level infrastructure, data-driven decision-making platforms and forward-looking policies. For example, residents and businesses will enjoy reduced energy use with district cooling systems and the highest Green Mark standard for buildings. The use of pneumatic waste collection systems, common services tunnels and consolidated logistics mean that urban services will be cleaner, less disruptive and use fewer workers. Real-time data exchange will also enable facility managers to diagnose and fix problems timely in their buildings, and service providers to understand residents’ needs to arrange transport and social services and serve them better.

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JLD is envisioned as a vibrant mixed-use business district with flexible and adaptable spaces for the future economy. Flexibility and adaptability are incorporated into the master plan to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving economy. A regular grid system with “white zoning” use allows the government to make available land parcels of varying sizes to best meet emerging needs. Introducing complementary non-commercial uses within the business district such as schools, community facilities and galleries can create more interesting and lively spaces.

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Conventional office typology

Mixed-use floor plates of varying size and configurations

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JLD offers a comprehensive public transport network and more spaces dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists.  The district will be well-connected internally and to the rest of the island. New MRT lines and a comprehensive public transport network will form the backbone of the system. Each person will be no more than 400m or 5 minutes’ walk from an MRT station or bus stop. More than 80% of all trips will be made by public transport, exceeding the nationwide average of 66% today. This is made possible by the additional rail capacity and dedicated routes for public transit and active mobility, within a system that is continuously refined by real-time data. With fewer cars, roads will be narrower and beautifully landscaped, making it easier and more pleasant to walk, cycle or use personal mobility devices. Car-sharing and shared autonomous vehicles will offer the convenience of private transportation when necessary. Car parking will be consolidated underground.

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Jurong Lake District, Singapore, SG

 

Client

Urban Regeneration Authority (URA) Singapore 

Design Team 

KCAP Architects&Planners, Studio Woodroffe Papa, Arup, SAA, Lekker, Erve & Co and KEOTO AG

Programme

4 million m2 GFA of housing, commercial, MICE, retail, leisure, culture and community amenities; the 360 ha study area masterplan provides 100 ha of new parks, 70 ha of new waterbodies, 17 km of accessible waterfront, 15ha of public transit-only zone, 39 km of new cycling paths

Site area

360 ha study area masterplan and 160 ha detailed masterplan