Farrells Wins Competition to Desing Singapore’s New High-Speed Rail Terminus
Farrells architecture firm wins a competition to design new the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail terminus in Singapore. The terminus will be an international gateway to the city-state, with the 350 km/hr railway connecting it to the Malaysian capital via a 90-minute trip. Farrells will be working with consultant AECOM to design the terminus into an iconic piece at the center of Jurnong Lake district. “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,” says Stefan Krummeck, the director of Farrells. The design of the terminus is, also, required to fit in KCAP’s envisioned masterplan for the district, released earlier this month.
The platforms of the new railway will be underground, while the building’s outstanding form will be above the ground. Krummeck explains, “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 structure will maintain a homogenous relationship with its natural surroundings through its flowing form and skylights which will let in the natural light.
The competition commissioned by the Land Transport Authority attracted celebrated international architecture firms like Fosters+ Partners, Grimshaw, Wilkinson Eyre and Weston Williamson, which were all surpassed by the London, Hong Kong, and Shanghai-based practice Farrells. The project is expected to be finished and open to the public by 2026.