Funan, one of Singapore’s best known shopping malls for electronic goods, is to be redeveloped as an ‘experiential creative hub’ featuring a multi-level landscape strategy designed by Grant Associates.
The redevelopment of the 31-year-old complex follows owner CapitaLand’s decision to reposition the site as a lifestyle destination. Covering 887,000 sq ft, the mixed-use building will offer a six-storey retail mall, two six-storey Grade A office buildings and one nine-storey block of residential apartments.
Key to the identity of the new venture is a focus on the experiential, including the creation of a series of gardens. Grant Associates has created a landscape design concept that centres on the theme of ‘Nature: City’. The scheme incorporates a water garden with views of Fort Canning, an ‘urban farm’ and edible garden, elevated walkways and a roof-top communal garden with views to the Marina and Central Business District.
By creating a range of special gardens and green spaces, the landscape strategy aims to consolidate CapitaLand’s vision of relaunching Funan as a destination, in addition to offering enhanced shopping facilities.
Funan is scheduled to re-open in 2019.