Singapore's brand new River Safari park is a conservation refuge that brings the flora and fauna of eight world-famous rivers under one roof. Designed by DP Architects, the ambitious zoological wildlife attraction is the world's first park to achieve Green Mark Platinum certification. The 11-hectare plot was constructed to minimize environmental impact while serving as a conduit for visitors to learn about the natural environments and animals of the world.
River Safari showcases plant and animal life from the Amazon, Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Murray, Mekong and Yangtze rivers. The park is divided into four zones, including an elevated bridge that overlooks the park, a “Rivers of the World” adventure, an “Amazon River Quest Boat Ride” and the “Amazon Flooded Forest”. The “Giant Panda Forest” is an on-site arboretum, that meets the Yangtze River zone. The park’s main pavilion emulates a safari tree house, with bamboo stakes spiraling up to create the structure’s roof.
The areas span from indoors to outdoors, including a covered walkway suspended over the Seletar Reservoir, where visitors can observe native marine life. DP Architects designed the walkways to be slightly elevated, encouraging plant life and animals to thrive on the grounds without disturbing their environments. The parking garage was also designed to harmonize with the landscape of the region – it utilizes abundant daylight and bioretention strategies to stream rainwater into rain gardens.
The Green Mark Platinum-certified facility welcomes visitors to experience the rich plant and animal rivers of the world without leaving Singapore.