Integrated Mixed-Use Hub Marks New Era of Experiential Retail
As a new paradigm for living, working and playing in the city center, the redevelopment of this marketplace synergistically combines retail, entertainment, leisure, wellness, dining, office, co-working and co-living settings in one creative and socially conscious environment. Conceived as an experiential civic hub, the mixed-use development integrates public spaces, commercial functions and cultural facilities with its urban location.
The design acknowledges the rise in online shopping and the changing role of brick-and-mortar stores to deliver a new era of retail that maximizes engagement for a tech-savvy generation. Spaces connect laterally and vertically to provide an integrated environment that blurs traditional zones of function and experience to offer an ecosystem of lifestyle activities under one roof.
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The design concept is manifested in The Tree of Life–the centerpiece around which the retail clusters. This 25-meter, six-story wood and steel structure provides room for brands to showcase their products and crafts, and for entrepreneurs and designers to conduct classes and workshops. Referred to as “passion clusters,” the Tree’s branches offer environments for technology, fitness, dining, craft, shopping and play zones that are places for creative expression. On the Connector Floor–or the fourth floor–The Tree of Life encourages circulation to enjoy dining, theatre, wellness, offices, co-working, co-living and outdoor space.
Green stairs lead from the Connector Floor to the seventh story, which is home to a 5,000-square-foot rooftop urban garden, the largest in Singapore’s downtown area. The project also features an 18,000-square-foot dining garden, a futsal court and outdoor leisure areas. Additionally, the office blocks on the upper levels have external stairs that provide easy accessibility to green spaces and promote wellness.
Lyf, CapitaLand’s wholly owned serviced residence owner-operators, manages the site’s co-living component which provides 279 units spanning 11,200 square meters (121,000 square feet) throughout nine stories.
The porous streetscape program and flexible ventilation create a ground floor that is accessible by pedestrians and bicycles 24 hours a day. To support Singapore’s move toward a car-light society and to promote healthy living, Funan offers full end-of-trip services for cycling enthusiasts, including bike shops and cafes, lockers and showers. It will also provide the city center’s first drive-through click-and-collect service at its basement levels. The building links to tourist routes in the city–on foot and bicycle–as well as key landmarks in Singapore.
With community, connectivity and convenience at its core, Funan will cater to the new breed of consumers who favor a collaborative environment and authentic experiences that reflect their passions and tastes.