Green Star of Buona Vista - The Star Vista
Singapore’s first naturally cooled mall, The Star Vista, opens
Issue: Nov 2012
Latest star of the suburb - The Star Vista is cooled naturally and an eco-marvel that will add a buzz to Buona Vista
With balmy breezes billowing gently; and lush greenery all around, a visit to Buona Vista’s newest mall is like a walk in the park. The Star Vista, Singapore’s first naturally cooled mall, is not only an eco-architectural marvel, it is also a major retail landmark in Buona Vista. The western suburb which has not seen a major mall in 30 years now has a hip, new hangout boasting alfresco dining and extended hours for its more than 400,000 residents, students and workers. The latest lifestyle oasis is also an award-winner, having garnered the Green Mark Gold from the Building and Construction Authority.
Located right by the Buona Vista MRT interchange station, The Star Vista is within the vicinity of the hub that houses Fusionopolis, Biopolis and the future Mediapolis.
For a week in September, shoppers at The Star Vista were treated to the talents of local musical acts
“The one-north catchment is rapidly growing, with developments such as Lucasfilm’s location of their Asia headquarters at Fusionopolis and MediaCorp’s move to Mediapolis in the next few years. These will complement the already-bustling office and research communities at Biopolis and Fusionopolis. Other than the working population at one-north precinct, there are also students from international and tertiary institutions, residents living within a five kilometre radius and the commuters using the transport hub beside the mall,” said Billy Chua, General Manager, The Star Vista.
In addition to the mall, The Star Vista has a 5,000-seat theatre right above it fully equipped to host concerts, dance and musical performances. Owned by Rock Productions, The Star Performing Arts Centre is Singapore’s largest auditorium in the suburbs and one of the country’s largest performance venues. One of the first acts to play there when it opens this month is the David Foster & Friends concert.
“We will also cater to the many visitors to The Star Performing Arts Centre just above our mall, some of whom will come from around the region. Shoppers will also be able to enjoy free performances at our amphitheatre,” said Chua.
In keeping with its superstar-of-the-suburbs status, The Star Vista opened in September to great fanfare. Shoppers were treated to free musical performances by local stars at lunch and in the evenings for a whole week with favourite pop hits, jazz tunes and rock numbers. In the week that followed, there were free body combat and Zumbatomic classes twice a day to give visitors adrenaline-pumping workouts. Children were not left out either. They had their fill of free popcorn and went home with balloon sculptures.
Other Star Treats included complimentary beer, milkshakes, yoghurt, mystery gifts and vouchers. Even the retailers got into the act, offering Star Buys and special discounts such as eyebrow threading for a steal.
Shoppers were all smiles as they received their Star Treats
Architecturally, The Star Vista’s most impressive feature is a 33-metre high Grand Foyer which connects the retail, entertainment, civic and cultural zones of the integrated development. Through studies on wind flow and optimizing air flow, the Foyer is designed to provide shade and encourage air movement while the fountain at its base helps to cool the air around. The Foyer is also filled with paths, plazas, and outdoor dining and entertainment areas amidst lush plants, tall palms, and exotic greenery that bring the outdoors in.
The Grand Foyer at The Star Vista is not only visually impressive, it also helps to circulate air, keeping the property naturally cooled
Constellation of Retail and Dining Options
What makes The Star Vista a star attraction is its 100 over shops spread across three floors. One in four of them is a new-to-market concept and there are also plenty of dining options.
“Unlike most malls where F&B takes up 30 per cent, The Star Vista has a higher percentage of F&B offerings with over 50 per cent of the 163,000 square feet of net lettable area set aside for dining concepts. This is in line with its positioning as a lifestyle, chill-out destination. There are also alfresco outdoor seating areas where diners can enjoy the lush greenery,” said Chua.
Shoppers no longer need to trek to town for a taste of world cuisines. They can sample Southern delights at Morganfield’s which is famous for its signature Sticky Bones, old-fashioned, slow-cooked barbeque pork ribs. Then go east for fish and chips, Boston Clam Chowder and Lobster Bisque served in homemade sourdough bread at Boston Seafood Shack. If exotic is what is would pique interests, La Barra introduces Colombian street food like Arepas, Empanadas, Carne Asada, and Patacones.
Regional favourites are not missed either. Wrap & Roll offers Vietnamese, Bornga has Korean BBQ, PappaRich serves up Malaysian fare, Lee’s Taiwanese boasts street eats like Braised Minced Meat Rice, Pig Intestines Vermicelli, Spicy Beef Noodles and desserts like Red Bean Ice and Yam Ice that the Keelung Temple Street night market is known for.
Singaporeans are in for an exciting new experience with one in four stores at The Star Vista being new-to-market concepts
For light snacks, there is French fries specialty store, SOFRIES, with 15 different local and international-flavoured dips to go with your fries. Gelateria Pinocchio churns out artisanal ice-cream plus cocktails and pastries. Those looking for a caffeine fix can turn to Jamaica Blue’s first Southeast Asian outlet or Owl brand’s first-ever Owl Café.
International shoe store Footin’s first outlet in Singapore; popular online fashion store, Love Mi’s physical shop; and Scanteak’s brand new lifestyle concept store, Scanteak Signature provide retail therapy.
Like a beacon in the night, this shining star beckons all to Buona Vista to experience eco-features, appreciate exciting cuisine and enjoy an excellent retail experience.