Recycled materials from former concrete canal transforms open space in Singapore
Sustainable landscape architects Atelier Dreiseitl and engineers CH2MHill have completed a stunning transformation of a concrete canal in the heart of Singapore, redefining the space as convivial, luscious parkland for the local community to enjoy.
The 62 hectare area was once home to a 2.7km stretch of the Kallang River which was channelled through a straight concrete canal. Atelier Dreiseitl and CH2MHill have converted this waterway into a winding stream which meanders through greenery and foliage for 3km.
The official reopening of the park was drawn in line with World Water Day in mid-March and celebrated a positive water project which gave new life to a residential area through the alteration of staid parkland.
Atelier Dreiseitl explains: “This project is of international significance because it demonstrates how a new generation of ecological infrastructure combines traditional engineering functions (water supply, drainage and food protection) with biodiversity and recreation opportunities, making our world cities viable places to live for the future.”
In addition to the redirected waterway, the designers and engineers have created three playgrounds to encourage community activity, a number of restaurants, a vantage point constructed using concrete sourced from the original concrete canal, and a variety of open green lawn areas for ball games. A curled silver sculpture dominates a small mound formed from recycled materials which acts as a space for contemplation or play.