Goh Xue Lin, Coco
Envisioning a 10 Million Singapore & Beyond

Thesis Supervisor: Khoo Peng Beng

Site: Greater Southern Waterfront

Population growth is paramount to our survival as a small nation and prudent demographic management becomes the key factor in our sustenance as a viable economy. Nonetheless, public sentiment on densification, especially in Singapore, has largely been negative. Reasons include increase in crowding, lack of confidence in the city’s infrastructural capacity and a fear of land scarcity, just to name a few. In an attempt to counter capitalist claims of land scarcity and deconstruct the mental barriers of densification.

Therefore, this thesis project drives population density up in varying scales to test the limits of liveability in a high-rise, high-density megacity Singapore. Are these reasons really a foregone conclusion or are they problems we can actually solve in our pursuit for a larger and stronger population that would sustain our economy? In this case, we would be aiming to house a population of 10 million and beyond, envisioning and putting Singapore on the same pedestal as megacities around the globe. 

View from inner loop & central reservoir

The design methodology utilises systems within scales to multiply and tesselate and reconcile each scale up and down. Massing experiments and iterations reveal a complex myriad of influencing factors that require meticulous thought to derive an optimum balance among the umbrellas of factors that include statistical density performance, mitigation of perceived densities and crowding, intensifying and ensuring the 

infrastructural performance of building systems, circulation and transport modes and others expanded in the thesis research process. The many layers of a city’s fabric have to be compounded upon each other and adapt through innovation to birth a new urban density paradigm. 

The project follows a similar vertical organisation of programmatic and circulation distribution across, according to scale.  Each degree of connectedness on every scale corresponds with differing levels of privacy that influences the type of amenities and facilities planned for each of the planes.

Sectional Analysis
Town Plan

The town plan outlines the main systems governing the development of the design. Programmatic spaces are connected by two main circulation loops, mainly the inner light rail loop and the outer pedestrain loop, and intricate inter-precinct pedestrain links.

The town plan outlines the main systems governing the development of the design. Programmatic spaces are connected by two main circulation loops, mainly the inner light rail loop and the outer pedestrain loop, and intricate inter-precinct pedestrain links.

Precinct Plan

While each of the precinct follows identical structural configurations, they need not be identical in programme and in space. In this demonstration, the project exhibits up to three different configurations thata mix and match retail with recreational and public amenities in modules of 8 pencil blocks. 

Residential

On the residential levels, apartment units are regular and linked up by pathways that double act as structural reinforcements that bundle the pencil towers together. Despite the fixed parameters, we can find variation when we alternate green terraces’ locations and fill-ins at the different voids the structural grid brings.