One of the celebrated public events in Singapore has been the removal of the old KTM railway line that used to cross Singapore from the north to the Keppel station in the south. It was technically a ribbon of foreign territory that snaked its way across the island, creating a linear zone in which no typically Singaporean modernizations could take place. At the same time, it became an interesting frontier of freedom. The corridor was host to small-scale agriculture, ramble routes, wild boar and monkeys–and was even home to its own minor god in the Hindu pantheon.
Lekker was invited, alongside FARM, Ministry of Design and other old friends and colleagues, to re-imagine one stretch of the line, near the mangrove wetlands of Sungei Buloh. We proposed the placement of a broad frame–a kind of snowshoe, in structural terms. The latter is a net of members that would provide the platform for the construction of a new wetlands zone. Within this, several interpretive areas (including an observation tower, shown above) would create a teaching ecosystem for the island’s north.