A Unique Route to Discovery
The Integrated Civic, Cultural, Retail and Entertainment Hub @ Vista Xchange, a place to work, live, play and learn.
Issue: Jun 2009
East Exterior of The Integrated Hub
Last October CapitaLand and Rock Productions launched the construction of the Integrated Civic, Cultural, Retail and Entertainment Hub @ Vista Xchange, one-north in Singapore, which, once completed, will change the landscape of the area and is set to be a stunning example of modern urban design. The developers and the architect firm, Aedas, have worked in tandem to create a cultural and retail experience that will be the talk of the town, especially for its futuristic design. CapitaLand will own and operate the Retail and Entertainment Zone, while Rock Productions will own and manage the Civic and Cultural Zone.
Lim Beng Chee, Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Retail, says, "The goal of the two partners is to transform the one-north precinct into a vibrant, creative and stimulating place for entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers to congregate and exchange ideas." He added, "It will be an exceptional place where this thriving community will work, live, play and learn."
With a company philosophy of "creating vibrant urban spaces that enhance quality of life", Aedas set about designing a venue that offers one seamless experience, blurring the lines between retail and cultural. As lead architect of the project, Andrew Bromberg says, "It's a unique example and a nice melding of cultural and retail concepts."
Retail & Entertainment Zone (East View)
Retail and cultural zones as well as indoor and outdoor spaces come together in flowing spatial transitions that encourage discovery and deliver an energetic civic node serving one-north and beyond. According to Bromberg, the design of the building aims to harmoniously combine technology and nature, steel and foliage.
Alfresco Dining & Entertainment and the 33-metre high Grand Foyer
The retail floors, civic area and amphitheatre open up to the perfectly named, 33-metre high "Grand Foyer". It is envisaged as a rich and lush forest garden filled with paths for people to wander and explore at their leisure while surrounded by tall palms, exotic greenery and waterways. As shoppers make their way through the winding paths, they will discover the many plazas, alfresco dining and entertainment areas.
Shop, Eat, Drink
Basement 2 Atrium
The 24,000-square metre retail space will be on three levels, two above ground and one basement level. It will feature retail, food and beverage, and lifestyle outlets for residents of one-north and beyond and is aimed to complement the neighbouring precincts of Rochester and Holland Village.
Lim says, “With our strong track record and expertise in managing retail malls and lifestyle precincts, we expect to create another successful lifestyle destination filled with great varieties of exciting retail, food and beverage concepts.”
A High-Tech Home for the Arts
From Top to Bottom:
5,000-Seat Theatre. 400-Seat Outdoor Amphitheatre. Main Lobby of Theatre
A key feature of the integrated development is its environmental friendly design. The retail, entertainment, civic and cultural zones are uniquely connected via a dramatic 33-metre high Grand Foyer. The Foyer is not only visually stunning but also practical as it encourages air movement and provides a shady cool environment all year round. Envisaged to become a rich and lush forest garden, the Foyer will be filled with paths and plazas, outdoor eating and entertainment areas weaving in and out of tall palms, exotic greenery and water features.
The theatre incorporates the latest technology to enhance productions and will stage various types of entertainment for families, corporate and community events. Matthew Kang, Chairman of the Building Committee and Director of Rock Productions says, "The Civic and Cultural Zone will be a world class venue that Singapore as a nation can be proud of."
Of Andrew Bromberg and Aedas' design, he remarks, "The design is unique, futuristic, environmentally friendly and most importantly, good-looking. The iconic building that we desired."
He is looking forward to collaborating with the National University of Singapore and the University Cultural Centre to host suitable programmes and events at the theatre.
The 38,000-square metre Civic and Cultural Zone will also accommodate secondary performance and event spaces, such as an outdoor amphitheatre, that can be used for more intimate events such as acoustic performances and movie screenings. Rock Productions will donate the entire venue complimentary for 10 days in every year to allow non-profit organisations to host fund raising events.
The integrated hub, in total, is estimated to cost S$633 million to develop, however, the return on the investment will be many fold for the cultural scene of Singapore for years to come. It is bringing to Singaporeans and one-north residents a bold concept that has never been attempted before in the city-state. It will cement Singapore's position as a place for culture as well as being a modern, futuristic city that blends architecture with the day-to-day lifestyle and creates concepts meant to attract more tourists.
As Bromberg of Aedas sums up aptly, "There are not many examples in the world that are bouncing cultural and retail ideas into one complex. The integrated hub integrates the public domain of one-north with a whole new experience. It's a unique route to discovery." A route that will be shared by all those that enter its doors.