The multidisciplinary team led by Architects 61 in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects have begun design development workshops for the New Science Centre in Singapore. Science Centre Singapore opened in 1977 and now welcomes more than a million visitors every year. Supporting educational institutions in building one of the world’s most science-literate nations, the centre makes science accessible and engaging with immersive exhibitions demonstrating the principles and powers of science in everyday life.
To inspire future generations in the rapidly advancing world of science and technology, in May this year Mr Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Minister for Education announced the Science Centre Board has awarded the multidisciplinary consultancy tender for the design of the new Science Centre to the team led by Architects 61 in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects. To be located next to the Chinese Garden station of Singapore’s MRT metro system, the New Science Centre is envisaged as a ground-breaking institution in the Lakeside precinct of the Jurong Lake District.
Continuing the centre’s mission to bring science to life, the New Science Centre will weave creative storytelling and innovative technologies to create enriching and immersive learning experiences, as well as explore new and unique ways to inspire and enlighten visitors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Targeted for completion around 2025, the New Science Centre will have improved educational facilities such as specialised laboratories to complement learning in schools.
Capitalising on the waterfront location and garden setting, the design preserves visual and physical porosity to the surrounding lush natural landscape and Jurong Lake. The unique and distinctive proposal creates a strong sense of arrival for visitors from the Chinese Garden MRT station. It is also planned to be integrated with Jurong Lake Gardens and the future neighbouring tourism development, bolstering Jurong Lake District’s array of unique attractions for both Singaporeans and tourists. Source and images Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.