Arising from an international bridge design competition, Henderson Waves and other connections form part of a nine kilometer stretch of leisure destination that urban planners have envisioned for in the south of Singapore. This tallest pedestrian bridge and other elevated walkways creatively link up hills, parks and attractions to extend the green and recreational spaces available, bringing people closer to nature.
Designed by RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd and IJP Corporation (UK), the 274 meter long bridge springs from a scenic location off Mount Faber to Telok Blangah. At 36 meters above Henderson Road, the bridge flows organically in seven wave spans, echoing the ridges’ profiles.
The design seeks to create an environmentally and socially responsive bridge that blends in seamlessly with its natural surroundings. The bridge takes on the form of a folded three-dimensional form, conceptualized using a mathematical equation, to bend, undulate and ascend 21 meters in a singular movement. The undulating curved ribs alternatively rise over and under the bridge to form alcoves on one side with benches and shelters; and on the other, a wide walkway with balustrades for leisure and scenic walks.
The underlying ecological message comes across through the thoughtful design, process and careful selection of materials. The numbers of the naturally weathered structural concrete pylons were carefully spaced to maximize the spans while reducing the impact on the tree conservation area. The indigenous yellow balau timber used for the modular decks and curved balustrades and backrests was sourced from certified sustainable timber farms. The modular panels were fabricated using the latest technology to reduce material wastage.
Since its completion, this iconic bridge has been considered a piece of art, a landmark and a destination by itself. It has regenerated the hill parks with new life and activities, opening up new ways of experiencing nature.