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Old January 22nd, 2006, 12:43 PM   #61
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 01:12 PM   #62
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wow........
they plan ahead very fast.............
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 03:07 PM   #63
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Yes that is a new airbase at Changi...it also provides expansion for Changi Airport in future if necessary.

but I dont know if Paya Lebar airbase will be closed though

anyway here's some interesting info....

after seeing what's planned to be built on top of the ground, theres a lot of stuff being planned underground too....
Unless the govt suddenly springs a surprise on us (like when they suddenly decided that they needed a casino to draw in tourists), I don't see them moving Paya Lebar airbase away. Perhaps they really need the base to be there for strategic defense reasons. We never know what the defence ministry is thinking.

I like the new downtown. Everything is new and perfectly designed and green, located around the bay and the best of all, its connected to the existing CBD well, and with such great infrastructure. If only they extended such new initiatives being developed in the new downtown to the rest of Singapore.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 06:26 AM   #64
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Yeah sorry about getting off subject with the airport talk. I have an unhealthy obsession with airports.

This project is a really sweet set up, a signature area of town. I'll have to visit someday, along with Hong Kong [again] once they build that WKCD.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 06:57 AM   #65
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Awesome. Thanks for all the info, guys. Singapore sure knows how to plan urban centers, these are amazing.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 06:35 PM   #66
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S'pore scours the world for park ideas

9 Feb 06

Famous Japanese designers show interest in revamp of waterfront

By Kwan Weng Kin
JAPAN CORRESPONDENT

TOKYO - SINGAPORE has launched an intensive search for ideas and partners to help plan and design three new downtown parks on its waterfront, with three teams of officials now visiting well-known design companies around the world, including Japan.



To promote the international competition for the Gardens by the Bay project, National Parks chief executive Dr Tan Wee Kiat gave presentations to five Japanese design companies in Tokyo and Osaka over the past three days.

He said he hoped to find the talent capable of creating world-class tropical gardens 'that can capture the essence of Singapore in the future' and can rival the world's finest parks, such as New York's Central Park and London's Kew Gardens.

Besides Dr Tan, NParks' chief operating officer, Mr Leong Chee Chiew, is heading a team that is looking up design companies in New York, Boston and London. Some members of this team will also go to Sydney.

A third team led by director for parks development, Mr Yeo Meng Tong, is visiting Munich, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Paris and Madrid.

Japan's involvement in Singapore's greening programme goes back a few decades, with Japanese gardening and urban designers visiting Singapore in the 1980s and 1990s to help bring the Garden City concept to life.

Given their unqualified success, it is only natural that Dr Tan should look to Japan as a source of creative talent in the Republic's latest quest to create three stunning new parks.

'I am particularly keen to see some of the Japanese firms short-listed because they have such a finely-honed sense of aesthetic. They have an appreciation for nature and its use in enhancing the environment for man,' Dr Tan said.

Without disclosing the names of the firms, he added: 'They are all very passionate in their work, as reflected in the body of work that they have done. I am very gratified to see that they were all very immediately engaged with the idea of what Singapore is trying to do.'



Seeing that one of the planned parks is a narrow promenade, one Japanese designer has suggested expanding the 'footprint' and integrating the garden with adjacent urban areas.

Japan's pantheon of world-class architects and landscape designers includes such luminaries as Mr Kisho Kurokawa, and the avant-garde team of Ms Kazuyo Sejima and Mr Ryue Nishizawa of the Tokyo-based partnership SANAA.

Mr Kurokawa was responsible for the Fusionpolis and Republic Plaza projects in Singapore.

Ms Sejima and Mr Nishizawa, rated the most original and influential of a new generation of Japanese practitioners, designed the new state-of-the-art building for the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, due to open next year.

Another Japanese architect, Mr Yoshio Taniguchi, was behind the redesigned Museum of Modern Art, also in New York.

Dr Tan, who relinquishes his post this month but will continue as director for the Gardens project, also encouraged Singapore companies to take part by aligning themselves with bigger companies if they have not done projects of equivalent size.

He said Singapore companies can impart an advantage to their foreign partners because they know Singapore, thereby 'shortening the learning curve'.

At least two of the five Japanese companies Dr Tan visited are known to have already sounded out their counterparts in Singapore on the competition.

The first phase calls for the submission of a master plan to provide design strategies and the designs of key features for the three parks.

Interested parties have until Feb 28 to express their desire to participate.

They will need to show a good track record in projects of a similar scale and will be expected to field a team of designers that includes at least one urban planner, a landscape architect and a horticulturist or botanist.

Dr Tan was excited to discover three of the companies he visited had Singaporean staff. Their bilingualism is believed to be valuable to their employers when pursuing projects in China.

'I hope eventually these people will go back to Singapore because we will need them. It is good that they are getting experience in excellent firms,' said Dr Tan, who left Tokyo yesterday to visit design companies in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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Singapore confident of solid bids for Gardens by the Bay project

16 Feb 06



LONDON : A team from Singapore's National Parks Board has just completed a whirlwind tour of major cities in Asia, Europe and the US.

They were on a hunt for ideas and partners to help plan and design three new downtown parks near the waterfront.

The team says it is confident of receiving some serious and imaginative bids for Singapore's Gardens by the Bay project.

The plans for the Marina Bay Gardens have created excitement not only in Singapore, but as far away as Madrid, San Francisco, Tokyo, Munich and other major cities in Europe, the US, and even Australia.

That is because teams from the National Parks Board are on a roadshow to publicise the design competition, which will see the creation of three distinct parks.

It has been a hectic time for the team, which arrived in London fresh from meetings with architects and landscapers in New York and Boston.

But it has been very worthwhile, according to National Parks Board CEO Lawrence Leong.

He said, "We are seeing places or cities that have a tradition of gardens, that have a culture of gardening. And from the expressions of enthusiasm that we have been able to receive, we should be able to close the expression of interest by the end of this month with very, very solid bids."

Dr Leong says NParks has already done a great deal of research, visiting conservatories, gardens and parks around the world.

In particular, he says a visit to the Eden Project in Cornwall was very useful.

The two large conservatories, constructed in 2000, house plants including those found in the tropics, as part of a research and educational facility.

Dr Leong hopes the sort of expertise on display at the Eden project, as well the heritage of Europe's formal parks and gardens, will be incorporated into the design plans of those competing from Britain and Europe.

Those landscapers will also have experience with plants from a very different climate to that found in Singapore.

Dr Leong said, "That is precisely why we want to do a two hectare conservatory so that we can have spring under glass where one would be surprised to see tulips growing in Singapore as well. So yes, it will bring the best of East and West together."

At this stage, the identity of companies who have met with the teams from Singapore is being kept confidential, although Dr Leong says many are talking to one another to assemble the best bid for the competition.

Expressions of interest will close at the end of this month; until then, the teams will continue travelling around the globe to ensure the world's best designers are aware of this unique opportunity.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 10:10 AM   #68
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Iconic bridge for Marina Bay

6 Mar 06







MARINA Bay will have a pedestrian bridge with special viewing platforms that offer a panoramic view of the bay by 2009.

The curved structure of twisting steel and glass slopes upwards like a giant ramp. It will have two opposite spiralling structures which resemble the structure of DNA, the basic building block of life.

The bridge will be the latest addition to the city's future skyline and will be linked to a new one for vehicles.

The entire structure will link up future attractions like the integrated resort, a giant observation wheel, and three waterfront gardens.

Unveiling the new bridge design in Parliament on Monday, National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said: 'It will be more than a bridge...There will be artworks that would be integrated into the design to provide a unique crossing experience.

'The completion of this iconic bridge will complete the loop around the bay area and promises to be another unique attraction.'

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Old March 6th, 2006, 12:24 PM   #69
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Wow!!! Iconic bridge is absolutely modern and impressive. Good for Singapore's tourism.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 01:02 PM   #70
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Wow.....so nice.....

I also heard on the news that URA is amending the lighting of skyscrapers.....expect more lights on UOB.....
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Old March 6th, 2006, 02:19 PM   #71
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woah...

wonder who's the architect
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Old March 11th, 2006, 06:41 AM   #72
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Wow.....so nice.....

I also heard on the news that URA is amending the lighting of skyscrapers.....expect more lights on UOB.....
I dont think UOB needs to change its lighting scheme, but it could stay lighted up more often, and more buildings can be lighted up too!

This is great news...

@redstone...architect is Philip Cox
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Singapore's downtown Marina Bay gets another boost with the partial completion of an underground state-of-the-art infrastructure.

16 Jun 06

This includes the $81m phase one of the Common Services Tunnel - only the second of its kind in Asia after Japan - as well as a District Cooling Plant which will help businesses cut cost in the long run.

Like an intricate network of arteries, the common services tunnel feeds important sustenance, like water and electricity, to future developments at Marina Bay.

Some 1.4 kilometres of the tunnel have been completed.

The tunnel will serve the upcoming business and financial centre as well as properties like The Sail and One Raffles Quay.

The system will house telecom cables, power lines, potable water and Newater pipes as well as provision for pneumatic refuse collection pipes.

Touring the facility, National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said that such infrastructure has helped in the sales of sites in the area.

He said: "It also gives us more flexibility. We can add, we can shift. Unlike many other places, when you start to add services, you have to dig up the roads; it creates mess and confusion, a lot of traffic jams. For this, you can just put it in, put it around, expand without creating any problems for road users. The other one is the cost savings. I think they are quite substantial and energy saving is one of the major objectives of the District Cooling Plant."

When completed, both phases one and two of the tunnel network will free up some 5,466 square metres of land - equivalent to two-thirds of a football field - valued at about S$200 million.

Mr Mah added that this concept could be expanded to other parts of Singapore, likely for commercial developments, if there is a match between demand and supply.

The common services tunnel is as wide as two MRT tunnels and about 20 metres underground at its deepest point.

The URA says that it is designed for optimum capacity and new cables and pipes can be added when they are needed.

The tunnel looks empty now but come next year, two huge district cooling pipes will be installed there.

The pipes will supply chilled water from the district cooling plant to new buildings at Marina Bay to be used for air-conditioning.

Singapore's first large-scale District Cooling Plant (costing some $110 million) will be located at the basement of One Raffles Quay, with another planned for the future integrated resort.

When fully operational, the District Cooling Plant will be able to serve 1.25 million square metres of gross floor area or about 8 to 9 times the size of One Raffles Quay.

With this new cooling system, buildings will not need to have separate chiller plants or cooling towers, freeing up space for alternative uses.

Tey Peng Kee, managing director of Singapore District Cooling, said: "There'll be economic saving which we can share with the building users, and for that, we anticipate that building owners, over time, will enjoy at least 15% savings in the economic cost of getting the chill water for their air-conditioning purpose."

Construction of the 1.6-kilometre phase two of the tunnel network has begun and it should be ready in 2009.

The project will cost $137 million and it will serve the Bayfront area including The Marina Bay Sands.

The government is injecting about $2 billion to build the infrastructural base for Marina Bay, to be rolled out in phases over the next 10 to 15 years.

The infrastructure will include the Common Services Tunnel and District Cooling System, the Marina Barrage, a rapid transit system and the new waterfront promenade and bridge.
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Old June 17th, 2006, 06:15 PM   #75
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This is a big step. It is a massive development and a great one at that. Singapore is really doing well at the moment.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 05:52 PM   #76
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Its going to get prettier too

Creating a multi-sensory environment at Marina Bay

By Goh Kim Chai

URA and National Parks Board have drawn up a Landscape Master Plan to give each district in Marina Bay a different look and feel, with different planting schemes to bring out its distinctive character and identity.


Each district in Marina Bay will have its own colour scheme
under the Landscape Master Plan



IMAGINE WORKING IN a modern city decorated with lush greenery, flowering plants and beautiful landscapes. As you go to work every morning, a canopy of graceful raintrees on the East Coast expressway greets you. When you enter the city, you are further welcomed by formal boulevards with trees of different shapes and forms, and shrubs of vibrant colours. Approaching from Raffles Place, a view of the Integrated Resort is revealed across the glittering bay waters in the morning sun. Next, you travel pass a large linear park carpeted with blossoming flowers and its fragrance envelops you. Upon turning right at Bayfront Avenue, the type of trees and street planting changes to palms. This can well be your daily experience if your workplace or home is at the future Marina Bay.

Distinctive districts
Under the Landscape Master Plan for Marina Bay, trees and shrubs of various shapes and sizes as well as colours and fragrances will be planted along key roads and open spaces to create a sense of place and orientation.

Colours by the Bay
Each district will have its own colour scheme to enhance the visual senses. The Central subzone next to the existing Central Business District will have a yellow/gold theme to reflect the future financial activities there. Yellow raintrees and yellow flowering plants will be a regular feature in this district which will have mostly office and residential developments.

The district where the current Marina Bay MRT Station is located will adopt a different colour theme. Pink flowering trees such as the Frangipani and Pink Poui will be planted here to add to the vibrancy of the place. A formal public plaza about 3.2 ha in size, has been planned as a focal point for this area. This can be a vantage point to experience a flowering festival of blossoms.

Green, a colour that represents ‘harmony’, will distinguish the Bayfront area from the rest of Marina Bay. Palms of various forms will be planted here, extending the botanical planting scheme of the future Garden at Marina South to the district and the waterfront promenade around Marina Bay. This district, which houses the Integrated Resort, will have a more coastal feel.


Different trees, different looks. From left: rain tree, pink poui and palm

Fragrance along the streets
The Landscape Master Plan for Marina Bay goes beyond providing greenery and shades to further enliven your senses. Fragrant plants and flowers will be used to enhance the identity and feel of each district.

From the stunning fragrance of the Wild Water Plum to the pleasant Plumeria rubra cultivar, flowering plants will be used to layer each district with different scents. These plants will heighten the outdoor experience by engaging the most powerful of our senses – the sense of smell.

Multi-level visual experience
What you see as you walk along the street will be different from the view you have as you drive on the road. Similarly, these views will be different from the view you get of the same street from a tall building. In coming up with the landscaping schemes, much effort has been put into providing different spatial experiences for users at different levels. At the city level, the way in which the trees are planted and the colour of the crowns will give the area a unique recognisable image. At the vehicular and pedestrian level, the form of the crown as well as the colour and texture of the foliage will provide a delightful visual and sensory experience.

Former feel for boulevards
Large and wide-canopied trees will line the main boulevards such as the Marina Boulevard and Central Boulevard to create a distinctively formal feel. The Sepetir, which has a dome shaped crown capable of achieving spreads of up to 12 metres and heights of up to 30 metres, will be a regular feature on these roads. The walkways along these roads are also wider to create a sense of space and provide for street-based activities such as ‘al fresco dining’ and kiosks.


Artist’s impression of Marina and Central Boulevards

Signature streets
Bayfront Avenue will be a signature street lined with columnar-shaped trees such as the Jelutong and Chengal Pasir. The trees have been chosen to enhance the street’s north-south orientation and allow more sunlight to filter down to the street level. To create a ‘reddish carpet effect’, Pseuderanthemum Pink shrubs will be planted at this level. Side streets off Bayfront Avenue will be planted with palms.

Iconic gateway
To make driving in Marina Bay a memorable experience, the signature wide-canopied raintrees along the East Coast Parkway will be extended along Sheares Avenue. They will be complemented by brightly coloured flowering shrubs, such as Crinum spp. and Hippeastrum spp marking the gateway into Marina Bay.

When completed, a multicoloured, multi-sensory environment will be created at Marina Bay. It will reinforce its sense of place and further enhance its image as a “City-in-a-Garden”.

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i like the new MRT plans for the new downtown. should help link all the CDB into one seamless network.
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Old July 16th, 2006, 11:04 AM   #78
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More random shots of activity (there are specific threads for some of the projects) :

Taken on 19/5/06

The Central & Bayfront subzones:



Works for the underground utilities (Phase 2)



Taken on 8/7/06

Construction of seating gallery for future floating platform - where events and water-based activities will be hosted on the bay

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Construction of seating gallery for future floating platform - where events and water-based activities will be hosted on the bay

Hey Raf, so this is the floating platform project that was mentioned many months back? The one where they say it's gonna hold future National Day Parades? Great! The project is materialising after all! ive come across this construction site b4 and always wondered what exactly it was.

Hmm, but the seating gallery seems kindda small isn't it? And not sure if Marina Bay is big enough to accomodate a football field-sized floating platform.
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ok

but i still would never visit singapore
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