Singapore’s National Heritage Board have launched a two-stage architectural design competition and are requesting design proposals from across the globe for the upcoming Founders’ Memorial, which will be sited at Bay East Garden.
The Founders’ Memorial is envisioned to be an integrated gallery and garden experience which honours Singapore’s founding generation of leaders and celebrates the ideals and values upon which Singapore is built.
Plans indicate that the Founders’ Memorial will feature components and spaces such as permanent and temporary galleries, a visitor centre, multi-purpose rooms and a family room that will cater to visitors with different needs.
Through indoor and outdoor spaces, the Board has requested that the memorial’s design facilitates a visitor journey that is equally educational, reflective and inspiring.
The Government of Singapore expects the approximately 13,700 square metre memorial to attract one million visitors each year upon its completion, meaning that design proposals will need to fully consider the connectivity and accessibility of the site.
Access to and from the site are currently being planned for including public road access, the Founders’ Memorial MRT station (working title), a new pedestrian bridge as well as a water taxi stop.
Chairman of the Founders’ Memorial Committee, Mr Lee Tzu Yang, said they aim to seek out the best design – one that would honour the founding values of Singapore and make excellent use of the site.
“We envision that it will be a space which everyone of all ages can enjoy and relate to, and an icon that Singaporeans can be proud of and share with our future generations. We look forward to seeing how Singaporeans’ hopes and wishes for the Founders’ Memorial could come to life,” he said.
International entrants are being encouraged to team up with architects registered in Singapore for Stage One of the competition as it is mandatory for shortlisted foreign design consultants to team up with architects who are Singapore-registered in Stage Two.
Entry registrations close Friday 15 February 2019, with Stage One submissions expected by noon on Friday 5 April 2019.
The winning design will be announced in early 2020 and will be showcased through public exhibition.
More information on the Founders’ Memorial architectural design competition can be found here.