Southern Ridges - Alexandra Link Competition Mile-a-Minute

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The competition brief calls for a bridge to span across a heavy arterial road which continues as a 1km long walkway through a hilly secondary forest to link up with a park on the other side of the Telok Blangah Hill. The entry won one of the only two prizes in the competition, which was awarded by URA on September 2004. The organizer has since appointed the firm to carry out the project.

Mile-a-minute (Polygonum baldschuanicum), a vigorous, woody-stemmed, trailing vine, is the metaphor that inspired the design of the walkway. Its ability to attach to other plants with its recurved barbs and climb over the plants conveys the idea of attachment between architecture and its site, while stitching up the diverse landscapes to form an immediate overall experience, all in a matter of “minutes”.

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