Lines of Life – Singapore Rail Corridor Masterplan Awarded
The Lines of Life Rail Corridor Masterplan has won the Analysis and Masterplanning category of the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ Asia-Pacific Landscape Awards 2017.
Partnering with Nikken Sekkei, Buchan delivered the Signage and Wayfinding components of the Masterplan to develop a strategy to establish seamless connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists, helping to create an inviting space for exploration and discovery across Singapore.
Hailed as Singapore’s version of New York City’s High Line, the total decommissioned rail corridor site is 24 kilometres long and is about 100 hectares in area, stretching from north to south across Singapore. Once complete, people will be able to cycle or walk its entire length, or access parts of the path at their leisure.
With its yellow and black colour palette, the wayfinding signage references the rustic character of the former railway and its overall identity as a green corridor. Walkers, joggers and cyclists are able to engage with the wayfinding program and immediately identify what their location is, how many kilometres they’ve covered and distance to amenities and rest points.
There is also interpretive signage along the path with more detailed information about art installations, adjacent facilities and botanical descriptions. As well as being a diverse physical environment, the rail corridor has immense spatial reach and is a timeless legacy for Singapore given its ecologically sensitive environment.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore held an international competition to transform the former Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Railway Line into a publicly accessible space. More information can be found at: https://www.ura.gov.sg/ms/railcorridor/