Singapore’s National Parks Board appointed Stephen Caffyn Artas-ua.info Design as landscape architect and lead consultant to design the Learning Forest, a 9.8 hectare expansion to the world renowned Singapore Botanic Gardens. 

The character of the Learning Forest was designed to be natural, wild and adventurous – an educational rainforest experience in the heart of the city. Canopy walkways, a canopy web, wetland boardwalks, stepping stones and bridges enable visitors to experience the forest and the wetland areas in exciting new ways. The conserving and improving of the existing southern forest and its connectivity to Singapore Botanic Garden’s central rainforest was also a key feature of the project. 

The highly contemporary designs more than met the challenges of difficult topography and the desire to both exhibit and protect the magnificent existing flora and fauna. The design successfully engages visitors with the rich history and natural heritage of the site, while enhancing the biodiversity of the existing forests and using advanced sustainable techniques throughout.

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