Henderson Wave Bridge

Henderson Wave Bridge (61)

The highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore (36 metres above the Henderson Road highway) was built to connect two parks located on the southern part of the island: Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. 

However, this bridge is not only renowned for being the highest in Singapore, but also for its unusual serpentine form consisting of seven semi-curves that alternate above and below the concrete supports that anchor the structure to the ground. 

True to its name, this bridge recreates a wave motion by curving and twisting along its 274-metre span. Unique in the world, the bridge is used more by tourists than by the locals. However, at weekends local residents frequent the bridge to go jogging or as part of a family day out.

Like many of Singapore's other architectural works, an international tender competition was held, in which the London-based firm IJP and the Singapore firm RSP Architects The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, officially inaugurated the bridge on the 10th of May, 2008. 

The bridge surface deck consists of 5000 yellow balau-wood slats (a hardwood only found in South-East Asia) perfectly cut and placed along the length of the steel structure. 

With its 8-metre width and pronounced wave-like structure, the bridge also features inviting shelters with benches so pedestrians can stop along the way.

Perfectly integrated into the landscape, the Henderson Wave Bridge guarantees an extraordinary outdoor experience in the very heart of nature. 

Crossing the bridge takes visitors high above the Southern Ridges (a 9 km forest path consisting of 3 parks), where they are offered different perspectives of the city, the port and the Southern Islands in addition to a rich variety of flora and fauna. 

Surrounded by this much nature, and bearing in mind that the bridge deck is made of wood, it will not come as a surprise that, as a security measure, smoking has been banned on the bridge, despite this being an open space.

In addition, this being Singapore, the bridge is illuminated from 7 pm to 2 am with a multitude of LED lights, that emphasize its undulating shape.

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