Saturday, 9 March 2013

Ad Hoc Sketchwalk at Dhoby Ghaut Green

Remember the Kallang Wave
Sketchers being sketched...
Dhoby Ghaut Green was identified as an interim park in URA's Public Space and Urban Waterfront Master Plan 2003, and conceived as a "City Room" for community gathering within the city and officially launch in 24 Oct 2009

The special locality of this park and the diversity of the user groups in the vicinity create opportunities to provide a focal point for Art & Culture, Concerts & Performances and community activities, or just a resting place for users to appreciate the surrounding park and urban environment. The site is highly accessible to people from all over the island as it is at the confluence of 3 MRT lines, North-South line, North-East line and Circle line.
Sculptural open-air amphitheatre at central space is the landmark of this park. It serves as a showpiece for the Architectural and Urban Design Excellence demonstration project and a performance venue to encourage public participation and enjoyment of the open space. Natural lines of a rattan basket inspired the design comprising interweaving aluminum screens. Night lighting will make it glow like a lantern. They also allow partial sun shading to the users. In addition, it also allow for natural through-ventilation, enable air to circulate freely through the structure. At the lower part of the amphitheatre is the performance stage with basic stage lightings. Multi-purpose rooms are available at the backstage for preparations before performances.
The green lawn and the beautiful landscape create a contrast against the architecture of the buildings in the area. The large canopies of the Rain Trees and Yellow Flame along the walk way provide good shade for the park users and the passers-by of this area.
The gravel area at western parcel is densely shaded from existing trees, providing a tranquil environment that contrasts with the bustle of the surrounding cityscape. This serves as a platform for handicraft street bazaars and busker performances.
This park provides adequate gathering spaces in the form of plazas for mass dancing and performances. An open field on the eastern end on the site is designed to allow for light recreational sports and other community events. Conveniently located on the northern side of the field between both exits of the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station is a cafe offering indoor and alfresco dining experiences.

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