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Housing Development in Singapore
Living the Next Lap
The Site
Participation Requirements
Submission Intent
Submission Requirements
Anonymity of Submissions
Submission Deadline
Prizes & Awards
Questions & Clarifications
Jury Decision
Jury Composition
Intellectual Property Rights
Conflict or Interest and Disqualification
Greater Marina Bay
Description of the Site
Planning Parameters
Design Considerations

Appendix 1 Singapores City Centre
Appendix 2 Developments around Marina Bay
Appendix 3 Water Activities at the Bay
Appendix 4 Gardens by the Bay
Appendix 5 Site Information Plan
Appendix 6 Site Section
Appendix 7 Typical School Layout
Appendix 8 Submission Form


The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Singapores national planning
authority, and the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), are inviting
architects, planners and students to submit fresh, innovative ideas for a
unique waterfront-garden residential district in Marina South located at
Singapores Marina Bay.
The Marina Bay area, planned as a seamless extension of the existing
Central Business District, will be Singapores focal point of development in the
immediate future. Several prime sites have already been earmarked for
exciting new developments, including the Marina Bay Sands Integrated
Resort (a destination attraction offering worldclass hotel, convention,
entertainment facilities and a casino), and the 100 ha Gardens By the Bay.
The Marina South Residential District is being master planned by URA as the
next stage of development in Marina Bay. In drawing up the master plan, the
URA is seeking ideas to serve as an inspiration and catalyst for the planning
and urban design strategies to be adopted for the development of the district.
In conjunction with the Singapore Design Festival 2007, a biennial umbrella
event that aims to celebrate and promote good design, the URA and SIA are
jointly organising a Design Ideas Competition for the Marina South Residential
Up to 10 submissions will be awarded for their good ideas. A total of
SGD$50,000.00 of prize money will be distributed equally amongst the
winning teams. All submissions will be publicly exhibited as part of the
Singapore Design Festival in November / December 2007.

Housing Development in Singapore

Compared to many countries around the world, Singaporeans today enjoy a
relatively high standard of housing. Home ownership is among the highest in
the world, and residents enjoy a diverse choice of housing types in a variety of
different locations.
High-rise City Living
Singapore has a land area of 704 km2 and a current population of 4.48 million.
In planning for a long term scenario with a potential population of up 6.5
million, new housing units will need to be accommodated by building more
high-density and very high-rise housing in areas without restrictive height
controls, in order to fully optimise the use of land. Today, high-rise living is the
lifestyle choice of many Singaporeans, with many preferring higher floors for
the privacy and commanding views that it provides. From the 50-storey,
competition-winning public housing at Pinnacle@Duxton to the 70-storey
downtown apartments at The Sail@Marina Bay, the excitement generated by


new super-high rise city apartments is a testament to their increasing

popularity with Singaporeans.
Community Living
Public housing in Singapore, planned as suburban towns, offers a quality
living environment for Singaporeans, complete with a full range of community
facilities including schools, parks, shops, libraries and sport complexes that
foster a sense of neighbourliness. Aspirations for community living are also
reflected in the appeal of condominiums, strata bungalows and cluster
housing estates that offer residents the best of high-rise or landed housing
with shared communal facilities and opportunities for social interaction.
Waterfront Living
As an island State, opportunities abound to capitalise on Singapores sense of
islandness. Waterfront living can be enjoyed at the riverside housing along
Singapore River, prime waterfront estates at Tanjong Rhu, and the seafront
homes along the Southern Waterfront. More varieties of waterfront housing
are being implemented at model waterfront towns, such as Punggol, the
island homes at Sentosa Cove, and the breezy downtown apartments at
Marina Bay.
Garden Living
Singapore is internationally recognised as a Garden City, with many
neighbourhood and regional parks built close to housing developments to
provide easy accessibility for residents. More Singaporeans will be able to
enjoy living near to greenery as more open green spaces are implemented as
part of the 2002 Parks and Waterbodies Plan. In the City, more verdant
environments await the future residents at Pearls Hill, as well as around The
Gardens by the Bay.

Living the Next Lap

With an increasingly cosmopolitan and well-travelled population, homeowners
in Singapore are looking for new and additional ways to express their
personal aesthetic identity through their homes. This has given rise to a flurry
of branded condominiums and exclusive bungalows-in-the-sky that come
with private pools, spas, sky gardens and even car porches on each high-rise
floor. Waterfront living has also spurred an increase in boat ownership as a
new way of making a personal statement.
More buildings are also going green. Over the years, tropical architecture has
evolved not only in response to the local climate, but also as an aesthetic
expression of Singapores Garden City identity.
With growing global
emphasis and awareness on environmental sustainability, buildings are going
one step greener. In Singapore, the Building and Construction Authority
(BCA) launched a Green Mark Scheme in January 2005 as an initiative to
move Singapore's construction industry towards more environment-friendly
buildings. Today, solar panels, rain-water collecting devices and other ecofriendly features are becoming regular elements in Green Mark projects. The


Treelodge@Punggol, for example, is a new generation green project that will

feature trees planted in the basement car parks, which emerge onto a garden
on the roof. Such features, as with lush balconies, rooftop gardens and
vertical greenery, help to shade a building and reduce heat gain, while
offering residents a slice of tropical greenery at their doorsteps.
New trends are constantly emerging to appeal to an increasingly discerning
population. Amid the development of integrated resorts, seafront homes,
mega yacht marinas and the staging of the F1 Grand Prix, the residential
district at Marina South aims to keep pace by offering new concepts and ideas
that will excite the imagination and meet the expectations of the future
The Design Ideas Competition is seeking fresh and innovative ideas for the
master plan of Marina South as a total environment that will offer new lifestyle
experiences to capitalise on the cache of its location and context.



The Site
The Residential District at Marina South is an approximately 60 ha site that
forms part of the Greater Marina Bay area. It is located adjacent to the
Garden at Marina South, and enjoys prime frontages along Marina Channel
and the Straits of Singapore. The area is envisioned to be developed as a
landmark residential district that offers a unique waterfront living environment
in a garden setting.
Participation Requirements
The Design Ideas Competition is open to all students and professionals in
planning, architecture and landscape fields. Each individual, firm or team is
allowed to submit a maximum of two submissions.
Submission Intent
The Competition is seeking fresh and innovative planning, urban design, and
architectural ideas that will contribute to a new-generation living environment
that will distinguish Marina South and capture the hearts and imagination of
the future residents who will call it home.
As such, the emphasis is on planning and urban design ideas for the total
environment rather than detailed architectural proposals for individual
The proposed ideas are to:
a Illustrate how high-density city living can be achieved in an
attractive environment that offers the experience of being in a
waterfront garden;
b Have an emphasis on environmental sustainability & sense of
c Set a new benchmark in residential development in anticipation of
future lifestyle trends and aspirations;
d Make the Marina South area a landmark district that will showcase
Singapores Garden City image.
The proposed ideas are to respond to the planning parameters and design
considerations set out in Part 4.


Submission Requirements
All submission materials shall be in English.
Each submission is to be limited to:
a Maximum Four A1 sheets, mounted on not more than 6mm-thick white
foam board. The sheets are to include:
i A site plan at 1:2000 scale, showing the proposed road network,
parcellation, and land use;
ii A section at 1:1000 scale, showing the proposed form and massing in
relation to Garden at Marina South, and the Straits of Singapore; and
iii Other plans, sections, perspectives and axonometric drawings to
illustrate the design ideas, and overall form, massing in relation to the
b A massing model at 1:2000 with a base not thicker than 3mm;

7 sets of design reports each comprising:

i Reduced A3 size colour copies of the A1 boards;
ii Maximum one A3 sheet at minimum font size 12 describing the
proposal; and
iii Maximum one A3 sheet containing photographs of the massing model;

d A CD containing soft copies of the design report, as well as soft copies of

drawings, images and photos contained in the design report in high
resolution .jpg or .pdf format.
Each submission is to be accompanied by a copy of the Submission Form (as
attached at Appendix 8), duly completed, and sealed in a separate unmarked
A4-size envelope to be taped to the back of the first A1 board.

Anonymity of Submissions
All design submission materials shall not bear any logo, motto, or any
distinguishing feature of any kind to identify the participating individual / firm /
Any non-compliant submission materials will not be accepted.
The envelope containing the Submission Form will only be opened after the
Jury has selected the submissions with the best ideas. The identity of the
participating individual / firm / team for these ideas will then be made known to
the public.


Submission Deadline
All submissions must be received before Monday 12 November 2007, 12.00
noon (Singapore date and time).
All submissions shall be addressed to:
Ms O Woon Leng
c/o Design Ideas Competition for
Marina South Residential District
5th Storey Function Room
45 Maxwell Road
The URA Centre
Singapore 069118
Submissions sent by post or courier should allow sufficient time to ensure that
they are received before the submission deadline. No new or additional
information will be accepted by SIA / URA or considered by the Jury after the

Prizes & Awards

Prize monies of SGD$50,000.00 will be awarded to up to 10 submissions with
the best ideas and distributed equally amongst the winning teams. All
submissions will be displayed in a public exhibition as part of the Singapore
Design Festival in November / December 2007.

Questions & Clarifications

Any queries on the Competition are to be submitted via email to SIA at .
All answers to the queries received will be posted on the Competition Website
at on 1 October 2007. All participating individuals / firms /
teams shall be responsible for accessing the Website to obtain the
All queries must be received before 24 September 2007. No further questions
will be accepted after this deadline.


Jury Decision
The decision of the Jury is final and shall not be negotiated, contested,
reviewed, challenged or appealed against by any party through any means or
process whatsoever.

Jury Composition
The Jury for the Competition will comprise the following:
Mr Tai Lee Siang, SIA President (Chairperson)
Dr Belinda Yuen, SIP President
Mdm Fun Siew Leng, Director, Urban Planning & Design, URA
Mr Liam Wee Sin, Chief Operating Officer, UOL Group Limited
Prof Heng Chye Kiang, Dean School of Design & Environment, NUS
Additional jury members to be confirmed

Intellectual Property Rights

SIA and URA shall have the right to publish, display, reproduce or otherwise
publicise or communicate all submissions submitted, subject to appropriate
citation and acknowledgement of the authors. Such right shall be exercisable
by SIA and/or URA without any payment, charge or fee whatsoever to any
SIA and/or URA reserve the right to retain all submissions for the Competition
for display after the winning ideas have been announced. SIA and/or URA
will inform all participants in writing to collect those submissions no longer
required by SIA and/or URA within a specified time, after which they would be
disposed of.
Conflict of Interest and Disqualification
URA employees, SIA Design Committee members, and immediate family
members of a Jury member, SIA Design Committee member or URA
employee who is closely associated with the preparation and/or conduct of the
Competition will not be eligible to participate in the Competition, either as
individuals or as members of a participating team.
SIA and URA reserve the right to disqualify any participating individual / firm /


Launch of Competition

13 September 2007

Deadline for Questions & Requests for


24 September 2007

Posting of all Answers to Questions & Requests

for Clarifications

1 October 2007

Submission Deadline

Monday 12 Nov 07
12.00 noon
November 2007

Announcement of Winners
Public Exhibition of All Submissions

November / December



Greater Marina Bay
Singapores City Centre (Appendix 1)
Singapore is internationally recognised as a Garden City. Its City Centre is
dynamic, distinctive and diverse, comprising a number of well-established
districts, each with their own unique character and identity arising from the mix
of uses and built environment.
The Marina Bay area, Singapores downtown district, is located within the
heart of the city. It comprises the existing CBD at Raffles Places, Shenton
Way and Marina Centre, together with the new development area around the
Bay. Marina Bay is envisioned to be an international business and financial
hub and is envisaged to be a dynamic, 24/7, Garden City by the Bay.
Within the Greater Marina Bay area, residential uses have been planned at
Marina South, Tanjong Rhu, Kampong Bugis and Nicoll Highway to inject
more live-in population within the city.
Developments around Marina Bay (Appendix 2)
Marina Bay is shaping up well and fast. The new office development at One
Raffles Quay has been completed. The Sail@Marina Bay, a luxurious
residential development, The Marina Bay Financial Centre and Marina Bay
Sands Integrated Resort (MBSIR) are under construction.
Around the Bay, the Singapore Flyer, and the ArtScience Museum (which is
being developed as part of the MBSIR), will join the Esplanade Theatres by
the Bay, One Fullerton and the Merlion Park to form a necklace of attractions
around the waterfront. The existing waterfront adjacent to the CBD, will be
rejuvenated by the upcoming The Collyer Quay, a new waterfront hotel and
lifestyle development which includes the historic Clifford Pier. A temporary
seating gallery and floating platform was recently completed and used as the
venue for the National Day Parade 2007. This facility, located next to
Singapores first public Art Park at Marina Centre, will also be used to host
other sporting events and activities, such as outdoor concerts and events,. All
these attractions will be connected by a promenade and a new distinctive
pedestrian bridge to create a 3.5 km long loop around Marina Bay.
The new Marina Barrage, which will be completed by the end of 2007, will turn
the 48 ha water body at Marina Bay into part of the future Marina Reservoir,
which also includes Singapore River, Marina Channel and Kallang Basin. Its
visitor centre, which offers visitors panoramic views of the city and the
waterfront from its sloping green roof, will be another key attraction.
When Singapores new Sports Hub, located fronting onto Kallang Basin, is
completed in 2010/11, the 11.7 km long scenic waterfront route around the
Marina Reservoir is envisaged to be used for staging international sporting
events, such as marathons, in addition to daily recreational activities, such as
jogging and cycling.


The waterfront within the Straits View area has been planned as Singapores
Maritime Hub, an international gateway into Singapore and the Marina Bay
area. This includes the new Marina South Pier, which replaced the former
Clifford Pier, to provide ferry services to the southern islands such as Kusu
and St Johns Islands, the future Southern Islands and Regional Ferry
Terminals, as well as the planned International Cruise Terminal (ICT) which
will accommodate larger mega ships in anticipation of the projected growth of
the cruise industry. These waterfront developments will have landscaped
roofs which allow for an attractive and continuous waterfront route along the
entire south coast, connecting the at-grade waterfront promenade to the
landscaped roofs.
Water Activities at the Bay (Appendix 3)
Marina Bay has already come into its own as a venue for major events,
including international sports competitions, outdoor concerts and fireworks
displays. With the completion of the Marina Barrage, additional recreational
activities such as pleasure boating, canoeing, sailing, water skiing and wind
surfing will be encouraged at various locations within the Marina Reservoir:
Marina Bay Bay of Celebration will be the venue for large-scale international
events and festivals set against the signature skyline of our Central Business
Marina Channel Channel of Excitement will host international water sports
competitions and events next to the proposed Gardens on both sides of the
Kallang Basin Basin of Fun and Recreation will be a nucleus for leisure
and recreational activities surrounded by residences and the future Sports
Hub; and
Singapore River River of History will be a location for a variety of roundthe-clock activities along the river promenade, set amidst conservation
A boat lock, located adjacent to Marina Barrage, is planned to be built to allow
larger vessels, such as luxury yachts, to enter Marina Reservoir. Planned
Marinas within the Reservoir will further add to the vibrancy of the water
bodies. Developments around the Bay will also be served by a more
extensive water taxi service in the future.
Gardens by the Bay (Appendix 4)
Around 100 ha of land along the waterfront has been set aside for the
development of three distinctive and unique world class Gardens by the Bay,
which comprises the Gardens at Marina South, Marina East, and Marina
Centre. These will be connected by new pedestrian bridges to create an 11.7
km continuous loop around the Marina Reservoir.


The 54 ha Garden at Marina South, the largest of the three Gardens, will
include two Cool Conservatories, a Flower Market and Supertree clusters
which will incorporate vertical greenery with environmentally sustainable
functions, such as rain-water collecting devices.
To the west of the Garden at Marina South, hotel and civic institutional uses
are being planned to seamlessly blend with the Garden. The Garden is
conveniently connected via underground pedestrian links to the future
Bayfront MRT Station, and through MBSIR to Marina Bay. It is connected to
the MBSIR via a landscaped pedestrian link.
The main arrival hub, located on the west entrance, next to Sheares Avenue
will house a Flower Market and exhibition space, as well as a public event
space with a retractable canopy. The main vehicular entrance to the Garden
at Marina South is via the Curved Road to the east of the Garden. Several atgrade pedestrian entry points are located along the perimeter of the Garden.
Description of the Site (Appendix 5)
The site for the Residential District at Marina South is approximately 60 ha in
size and is located to the east of the Garden at Marina South.
The site is bounded by the Straits of Singapore to the east, and the Curved
Road, a dual three-lane road, to the west. The southern boundary of the site
fronts onto Marina Boulevard, part of a one-way pair of major arterial roads
which will serve as the key vehicular access within the Marina Bay area.
These five-lane roads will frame a spine of high-intensity mixed
developments that will extend the CBD to link to Marina South. These
developments, which include the One Raffles Quay, The Sail@Marina Bay,
and the Marina Bay Financial Centre will have a maximum height of 245m
Part of the planned underground Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) will be
located within the site. The MCE will replace the existing East Coast Parkway
(ECP) as the strategic east-west expressway that will connect to the Marina
Bay area. A dual three-lane at-grade road is also planned to be located above
the alignment of the MCE with direct connections to the MCE. The entry
points to the MCE from this at-grade road, as well as a 30m high MCE vent
building will also be located within the site.
The site will be served by a future Rail Transit System (RTS) line and Station.
This RTS line is currently planned to be an extension of the existing east-west
line from the Marina Bay Station, and will include a Station within the site,
near to the Marina Barrage, to serve the area.
The planning and layout of the district will also need to take into consideration
the safeguarded Singapore Underground Road System (SURS). The SURS is
a longer-term underground arterial road network planned to create more road


capacity within the City Centre in the future. A section of the SURS tunnel is
planned to run under the site.
No permanent structures or buildings should be located over the MCE. Any
development proposed over the RTS line and station, and the SURS corridor
is to be planned so that they can be phased in relation to the construction
schedule of the RTS line and SURS. This is to ensure that developments are
not adversely affected by the future construction of these infrastructure.
A Site Information Plan and a Section across the site are provided at
Appendices 5 and 6.



The vision for Marina Bay is for a 24/7 live-work-play environment. It will be a
place to explore living and lifestyle options, exchange new ideas and
information, and be entertained by rich cultural experiences in fun and
beautiful surroundings. It will be a vibrant and attractive place that engages
with the community and emanates Singapores position as a global city.
The residential district at Marina South is envisioned to be:
a An urban retreat set in a landscape defined by lush greenery and tranquil
b A vibrant neighbourhood centred around public spaces and community
facilities; and

A well-connected hub with convenient access to a superb selection of

business and recreational activities in Marina Bay.

Planning parameters
The planning and urban design proposals for the residential district at Marina
South are to comply with the following planning parameters and guidelines.
Site Area
The total site area is approximately 60 ha. The proposals are to be confined to
the boundary of the site.
Gross Plot Ratio (GPR)
The global GPR for the district is 5.0. Appropriate GPRs for the individual
development parcels are to be proposed as part of the overall urban design
strategy to create varied building heights and forms within the district.
Gross Floor Area
The residential district is planned to accommodate a total Gross Floor Area
(GFA) of approximately 1,510,000 sqm. This is to comprise approximately:
a 11,000 housing units (approx 1,300,000sqm);
b 147,000 sqm hotel use;
c 63,000 sqm commercial use;
d 1 secondary school;
e 1 primary school; and
f Some community uses.
Allowable Building Height
The maximum overall allowable height for the site, including all ancillary roof
structures and fixtures, is subject to a technical height control of 163.00 m
Above Mean Seal Level (AMSL). In addition, developments within a 240 m
radius around the MCE vent shaft are not to exceed a maximum height of


100.00 m AMSL. The platform level for developments is generally at 104.00

m (equivalent to 4.0m AMSL).
Car Parking Requirements
The residential district is to include car parking spaces based on the current
standards by the Land Transport Authority (LTA):

1 car lot per residential unit;

1 car lot per 400 sqm of Retail use;
1 car lot per 250 sqm of Hotel use;
1 car lot per 450 sqm of Office use; and
1 car lot for the first 150 sqm and subsequently 1 car lot per 60 sqm of
Restaurant and related F&B uses.

However, flexibility is given to propose an overall car parking strategy in terms

of the form and locations of the car parks, as part of the overall planning and
urban design strategy for the district.
School Provision
As a general guide, a primary school has a site area of 1.8 ha, and a
secondary school has a site area of 3.0 ha.
Typical layouts of a primary and secondary school are provided in Appendix
7. However, alternative typologies for the two proposed schools, including
ideas for high-rise schools and schools which are co-located with other uses
are encouraged to be considered as part of the overall planning and urban
design strategy for the district.
Urban Design Guidelines
For the purpose of the Design Ideas Competition, there is no requirement to
adopt the current Development Control guidelines for both residential and
non-residential developments, for example, in terms of site coverage, building
setbacks, etc. Flexibility is given to propose alternative guidelines in relation
to the form, massing and placement of individual housing blocks, as part of
the overall planning and urban design strategy for the district.

Design Considerations
Waterfront City-in-a-Garden
Marina Bay is envisioned as a Waterfront City in the Garden, in which water
and greenery are integrated within the urban fabric. The ideas for the
residential district should thus capitalise on the greenery and waterfront
assets to create a unique residential district with a distinctive identity.
Strategies to extend the park and the waters into the district both horizontally
and vertically should be considered, from the streetscape to vertical greenery
within individual developments.
The form, massing and placement of individual housing blocks, housing
typologies, as well as car parking strategies, should be considered in relation


to site coverage, views, visual porosity, treatment of individual parcel

boundaries, and the overall landscaping strategy to create a strong sense of
being in a waterfront garden at both the ground and upper levels.
Waterfront Promenade
The residential district enjoys a 0.8 km long waterfront along the Straits of
Singapore. To bring people closer to the water, different water edge
treatments along the waterfront can be considered, including the redefining of
the existing hard edge, and strategies to channel water into the district. Water
access from the Straits to the residential district is encouraged. The
waterfront promenade should provide continuous public access between the
Marina Barrage and the Maritime Hub. Various land uses can be proposed
along the waterfront to ensure a vibrant and attractive public waterfront.
Sense of Community
The overall urban design strategy should foster a strong sense of community
and belonging among the residents. The provision of public spaces, schools,
recreational and civic amenities which support community use are to be
proposed. The relationship and integration of these uses with the residential
developments should be considered as part of the overall planning and urban
design strategy for the district.
Transport and Pedestrian Network
A road network is to be proposed within the district as part of the overall
planning and urban design strategy for Marina South. The overall urban
design strategy should create a more pedestrian-centric environment, through
appropriate segregation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and encourage the
use of public transport.
The overall pedestrian network should be considered to provide convenient
pedestrian links to the adjacent Garden at Marina South, the waterfront, and
the amenities at Marina Bay. Direct pedestrian connections from the future
RTS Station to the Garden, Marina Barrage, and the waterfront, through the
residential district should also be considered.
The overall road and pedestrian networks should also take into consideration
views and vantage points, to visually connect key nodes and open spaces,
and provide a sense of orientation.
Environmental Sustainability
As a benchmark residential district, there are opportunities to promote Marina
South as an environmentally sensitive and friendly city. Environmentally
sustainable strategies should be considered not only in the design of
individual buildings, but also in the planning and urban design of the entire
The design of drainage as aesthetic waterways that can also filter and
channel rainwater into the Marina Reservoir is encouraged. Additional ecofriendly features such as the use of solar energy, the placement of


developments to channel wind flows, and other strategies to lower the overall
ambient temperature within the public realm are also highly encouraged.
Distinctive Skyline
The residential district enjoys a prominent location along the Straits of
Singapore. The overall form and massing of the developments should
contribute to a distinctive skyline and reinforce Singapores Garden City
image. Special consideration should be given to the views of the district as
seen from the Garden at Marina South, the Garden at Marina East and from
ships approaching the Maritime Hub at Straits View.
The organisers reserve the rights to retain any submitted material for the
purposes of exhibition, publication, publicity and archives. However, the
intellectual copyright will remain with the designer. The applicants
acknowledge that the organisers have the right to reproduce materials in
whole or part without payment/fees to the holder of publication rights or

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