Grant Associates have designed and delivered the landscape and public realm for Capitol Singapore, a prestigious $1.1 billion mixed-use redevelopment of a key heritage site in the city’s downtown civic district.
Capitol Singapore comprises three conservation buildings (Capitol Building, Stamford House and Capitol Theatre) which are seamlessly blended with a new build, the city’s first integrated luxury development comprising four components – Eden Residences (ultra-luxurious residences), The Patina (ultra luxury hotel), Capitol Piazza (upmarket retail mall with flagship stores), and the Capitol Theatre.
The main civic space is unique to Singapore and is intended to be an experience that is both refined and extraordinary in the day and magical at night. It is respectful of the heritage context and encapsulates spaces for events, performance, peace, nature, exhibition, recreation and relaxation.
The distinctive paving arrangement of Capitol Singapore is a key ingredient bringing together the heritage buildings with the new architecture and is developed in response to the strong geometry of the circular plaza and canopy at the heart of the scheme. The paving is inspired from natural patterns and is arranged as a double radial grid that flows across the site.
The internal Galleria is a new sheltered street protected from weather by an ultra-light cable truss roof fitted with glass panels. Shade sails and planted spheres are suspended below the glass roof to manage solar heat and to create a dining destination for Singapore.
On the upper levels a series of themed gardens have been created including pools, a Reflexology Garden with a sensory barefoot trail, a Scented Walk and a Ginger Garden.