From the Marina Bay area to Sentosa Island, Singapore is known for setting in motion grand development plans. Today, for its next project, the city has decided to look to one of Manhattan’s most iconic attractions for inspiration: an elevated park that makes use of an old disused railroad, also known as the High Line.
Having been approved in late 2015, the proposal for a similar space in Singapore names the project Lines of Life. It is created by Japanese architectural firm Nikken Sensei in collaboration with local landscape design firm Tierra design and engineering and project management company Arup Singapore. The proposal plans to transform former Keratapi Tanah Melayu railway line into a multi-purpose park, which is expected to be a public space for people to jog, walk, cycle, or enjoy a range of attractions.
While Manhattan’s High Line runs for just a 2.3-kilometer stretch, Singapore’s Lines of Life is planned to run 24 kilometers long, with over 120 access points and 21 platforms with toilets and rest areas. The plan will also include different sections along the corridor, which will each offer its own distinct attraction. One section, for example, will offer panoramic views of the Bukit Timah Reserve Nature, while another will boast a “passage of light”, which features interactive lighting as visitors pass by under a viaduct. At the southern end of the corridor, the former city’s old Tanjong Pagar Railway will also remain to be preserved.