Location
  • Singapore, Singapore
Client
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
Year
  • 2016 - Ongoing
Status
  • Ongoing
Program
  • 360 ha study area masterplan 160 ha detailed masterplan, 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
Disciplines
  • Urban Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Research & Development
  • Urban Planning
Collaborators
  • Architect: SAA Architects
  • Arup
  • S333
  • Lekker
  • Consultants: Erve & Co
  • Consultant: KEOTO AG
Publications
  • Jurong was developed as Singapore’s first industrial town in 1961 to drive our industrialisation efforts and create jobs for Singaporeans. Public housing estates were built in areas such as Teban Gardens and Taman Jurong so that workers and their families could live close by. Recreational spaces such as Jurong Lake, Science Centre, and the Chinese and Japanese Gardens were also built to enhance the living environment. 

    In 1991, the land around the Jurong East MRT interchange was designated as a regional centre to create more jobs outside the city. International Business Park (Singapore’s first business park for knowledge-based activities) and JTC Summit (headquarters for JTC Corporation) were among the first developments. Five decades on, the former swamp is now a manufacturing hub for many high-value industries and an attractive residential town.

    Jurong Regional Centre became Jurong Lake District (JLD) in 2008, with a new plan to help shed its industrial image and bring more offices, retail, homes and leisure to the area. Today, JLD brings some of the buzz, brands and mix of uses of the city to western Singapore. JLD will take many decades to realise, at least 2040 and beyond. When completed, more than 100,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes will be created. Similar to how Jurong was turned into an industrial powerhouse 50 years ago, JLD is set to transform the west of Singapore once again.

    Identified as a model for urban sustainability under the Singapore Green Plan 2030, the district will support Singapore’s ambition to be a carbon services hub and a leading centre for green finance in Asia and globally. Envisaged to attract a new generation of firms from the technology, e-commerce, sustainability and business services sectors, Jurong Lake District will be the epicentre to support talent and companies in creating new growth and new jobs in green innovation. In this government-supported Built Environment Living Lab, companies can conveniently co-locate R&D and commercial trials in one place to facilitate faster lab-to-market prototyping and scaling.

  • 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.

  • The extensive podium spaces in the lower floors are key to accommodating an evolving mix of uses. The porous ground floors, courtyards and through-block pedestrian links create generous public spaces that encourage interaction, networking and a lively public realm.

    A regular grid system with “white zoning” lets developers and business configure land parcels and building spaces in ways that best meet emerging needs. Introducing less common uses such as schools, community facilities and galleries can create more interesting and lively spaces. The extensive podium spaces in the lower floors are key to accommodating an evolving mix of uses. The porous ground floors, court yards and through-block pedestrian links create generous public spaces that encourage interaction, networking and a lively public realm.

    JLD will not just be a place for work. With 20,000 new homes, attractive street life, and a rich network of parks, water features and leisure options, it will be a bustling district day and night, seven days a week.

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

  • JLD has ambitious car-lite plans, with more space dedicated to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. 85 per cent of all trips will be made by public transport, exceeding the 75 per cent in the city centre today. This is made possible by a transport system designed for seamless travel by public transport and active mobility.

  • The district will be well connected internally and to the rest of the island. New MRT lines and bus routes, facilitated by bus-only corridors, will form the backbone of the system. Each development will be no more than 3-5 minutes’ walk from an MRT station or bus stop.

    With fewer cars, roads will be narrower and beautifully landscaped, making it easier to walk, cycle or use personal mobility devices. Car-sharing and on-demand autonomous vehicles will offer the option of a private vehicle when necessary. Car parking will be consolidated underground at the fringes of the district.

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