Landscape Architecture: Atelier Dreiseitl
Project team: Jeff Boggess, Jason Chia, Edith, Birgit Kühlbrandt, Wi Ming, Herbert Montevirgen, Leonard Ng, Chanida Suebpanich, Melissa Yip
JV Partner: CH2MHILL
Project owners: PUB, Singapore’s national water agency and the National Parks Board
Image credits: Dreiseitl, PUB, Wang
Text: Dreiseitl


A new urban river park in Singapore is fighting drought and deluge.

Bishan Park is one of Singapore’s most popular parks in the heartlands of Singapore. As part of a much-needed park upgrade and plans to improve the capacity of the Kallang River along the edge of the park, works were carried out simultaneously to transform the utilitarian concrete channel into a naturalised river, creating a new urban river park.

Currently, 38% of the world’s population experience water scarcity. As the latest UN statistics state that 60% of the world’s city will face water shortage by 2025[2], ironically many cities across the globe experience in parallel the devastation of flooding. The Kallang River- Bishan Park project is a new vision for blue-green city infrastructure which addresses the dual needs of water supply and flood management while creating spaces for people and nature in the city. This project is part of the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme, a long-term initiative to transform the country’s water bodies beyond their functions of drainage and water supply, into vibrant, new spaces for community bonding and recreation.

At Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, a 2.7 km long straight concrete drainage channel has been restored into a sinuous, natural river 3 km long, that meanders through the park. Sixty-two hectares of park space have been redesigned to accommodate the dynamic process of a river system which includes fluctuating water levels, while providing maximum benefit for park users. Three playgrounds, restaurants, a new look out point constructed using the recycled walls of the old concrete channel, and plenty of open green spaces complement the natural wonder of an ecologically restored river in the heart of the city. This is a place to take your shoes off, and get closer to water and nature!


Izvor: Landezine, 21/6/2012