Local firm Liu & Wo Architects, which was awarded the design consultancy tender in October, came up with these ideas. The firm said it took into consideration the need to preserve nature by retaining existing biodiversity hotspots, while enhancing the gardens.
One highlight is a “water-wall” court surrounded on three sides by a 3m-high waterfall. The Bonsai Garden will also get a hanging bonsai gate, where the plants look like they are suspended in mid-air. Jurong Lake Gardens East – now mostly a grass patch running down the eastern edge of the lake – will be transformed into a waterfront promenade fronting the future Science Centre. There are also plans to create a water gallery trail where boats can travel along the banks of the lake surrounded by a swamp forest.
Calling it the “third national garden” – the first two being the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay – Mr Wong said it will be “a good mix of community and nature”, and a “good blend of something familiar, with many new elements which are exciting and fresh.” Works for the western part of the gardens started in April and will be completed in 2018. The development of the central and eastern parts will start after that.