New Singapore public realm project for Grant Associates

Gardens by the Bay landscape architect Grant Associates has revealed its design for a new $1.1 billion landscape and public realm project in Singapore.

Luxury living in Singapore. Picture Capitol Holdings
Luxury living in Singapore. Picture Capitol Holdings

The Bath-based landscape architecture practice, which expanded its Singapore office in August, has been working on Capitol Singapore, a mixed-use redevelopment of a key heritage site in the city's downtown civic district, the first phase of which is due to open at the end of this year.

Capitol Singapore comprises three conservation buildings - Capitol Building, Stamford House and Capitol Theatre - which are blended in with a new build luxury housing, hotel, theatre and retail development and a restored public realm along with a new civic plaza. The project has themed residential roof gardens and terraces, including a reflexology garden and a ginger garden with crescent shaped swimming pools planted with a sweep of red coloured Erythrina and specimen trees.

Grant Associates has been responsible for all the landscape and public realm design for the scheme, working closely alongside the scheme’s lead architect, Richard Meir and Partners Architects.

Director Keith French said a respectful approach to the civic and heritage setting and consideration of the vistas and views through to the Capitol Theatre and the views out to the adjacent St Andrew’s Cathedral were key elements in the design.  

"A new city plaza is at the heart of the scheme and the central focus of the development. It is conceived as an original and crafted civic space that will be a new destination for Singapore - a space for events and theatre, red-carpet galas, a place to gather and a place to rest and seek shade."

The plaza will feature water walls and distinctive paving inspired by natural patterns and arranged as a double radial grid.

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