butterfly bridge (henderson crossing)
The proposed design of the Henderson Crossing draws its inspiration from the delicate structure of a butterfly wing, as this park location is well known for attracting flocks of butterflies. These natural structures are formed by the delicate interaction of rigid and tensile elements that create a graceful pattern. Each butterfly species has a unique pattern that is enriched by color and movement. The proposed design mirrors the visual richness and structural integrity of this natural work of art.
The bridge is illuminated at night to highlight the cable and strut net, using light beams of different colors. The choice of colors can be adjusted to mimic the patterns found among the many Singapore species of butterflies.
The cable structure extending over the abutment near the tallest hill in the park, Telok Blangah Hill, will act as a beacon to be seen from the surrounding areas. Once on the bridge, visitors to the park will experience the feeling of a “gateway” with a visually dynamic form. Similarly, drivers on Henderson Road will experience a strong sense of traversing a special place in the city. The bridge will signal the prominence and beauty of the park with a delicate structure, to be admired and enjoyed both up-close and from the distance.