XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore
 

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore

as part of a global competition to design a memorial building on singapore‘s waterfront, XTU architects presents their entry for the site located within the prominent bay east garden. first launched in january 2019, the project called to architectural practices around the world to create a new landmark in celebration of the country’s founding leaders and unique cultural identity. in response, the paris-based studio, XTU, has envisioned a huge ‘root-like’ structure that puts nature and a giant waterfall at it’s center.

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore designboom

render © B douliery (also main image)

 

 

for the plot that stretches a vast 5 hectares in area, the competition advised some guiding stipulations to entrants. a few of which included creating a building that is contextually relevant to both the site and local residents, and incorporating a successful landscaping strategy. with this and the singaporean culture in mind, XTU architects has looked to long-rooted mangroves, banyans and water as the starting concept for their design.

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore designboom

render © B douliery

 

 

as can be seen from the visualizations, the proposed structure embodies the shape of mangrove roots, reaching up to nearly 100 meters in height and forming a powerful silhouette on the skyline. in the center, a waterfall is imagined to cascade down the middle, linking directly to the waterfront location and singapore’s island geography. the scheme by XTU is also characterized by the lush landscaping that surrounds the built form, bringing visitors close to nature.

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore designboom

render © B douliery

 

 

the principle functions of the memorial building take place underground, with the visitor center, galleries and educational spaces housed in the lower ground floors. with this intervention, the main spaces appear simply as an extension of the landscape, punctuated only by an internal water garden. the ‘mangrove’ element of the design can be reached via elevators, offering users the chance to gaze at the waterfall as they ascend. upon arriving at the top, a panoramic viewing platform covered in vegetation greets visitors, providing an impressive vista over the water and urban environment as a whole.

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore designboom

the structure visualized at night, render © B douliery

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore designboom

silhouette of the reimagined singapore skyline, render © B douliery

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore designboom

fireworks illuminate the waterfront, render © B douliery

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore designboom

model of the site, image courtesy of XTU architects

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore designboom

close up view of the model, image courtesy of XTU architects

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore designboom

section through the building, image courtesy of XTU architects

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore designboom

lower ground level 2, image courtesy of XTU architects

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore designboom

lower ground level 1, image courtesy of XTU architects

XTU envisions a mangrove-like memorial with giant waterfall in singapore designboom

render © B douliery

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘founders’ memorial’

type: competition entry

program: cultural facilities, exhibition spaces, temporary exhibition, belvedere, restaurants, educational spaces

location: east garden by the bay, singapore

client: national heritage board

architect: XTU architects / anouk legendre + nicolas desmazieres

project director: marie-lou valdes

team: valerian hou / nicolas charles

 

partners:

local architect: CPG corporation

LSE_ environmental technology and engineering cobra_ lighting designers

 

competition: march 2019

building surface area: 147,465.57 ft2 (13,700 m2)

site footprint: 5 ha (50,000 m2)

cost: 68 m $

rendering: B douliery

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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