Farrells has seen off the likes of Fosters+ Partners, Grimshaw, Wilkinson Eyre and Weston Williamson to win the contest to design a new high speed rail station in Singapore
According to the practice, the terminus for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail will form an ‘intergral part’ of the Jurong Lake District, which is earmarked to become Singapore’s next central business district.
Farrells will develop the winning concept in collaboration with AECOM. Plans for the ’new civic landmark’ include a curved roof with skylights to allow natural light in. The terminus will be connected to the existing Jurong East MRT station and the planned Cross Island MRT line.
Farrells director Stefan Krummeck said: ’The high speed rail terminus is touted as a game-changer for Jurong Lake District, envisaged as Singapore’s second central business district and a ‘district of the future’ – the new station will drive international exchange and growth there.
’The majority of the station structure is hidden below ground, so we felt it crucial to mark the station’s presence as a focal point and catalyst for the success of the district with a sculpted and elegant station hall.’
The 217 mile-long Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail project will link Singapore to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur in 90 minutes. The railway is expected to be completed by the end of 2026.
Earlier this month the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority appointed a team led by Dutch firm KCAP, comprising UK practice S333, Arup, and local practices Lekker and SAA Architects, to devise a masterplan for the Jurong Lake District.
The masterplan will aim to provide a high-density, mixed-use scheme centered on the new high speed terminus.
Farrells has previously designed the Beijing South and Guangzhou South high speed railway stations in China.