As part of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority’s plan to increase the number of public spaces in the Orchard Road area, this park is envisioned as a wonderful ‘living room’, a gathering space where people can come together to enjoy a performance. While designed for major events and celebrations, the space also encourages informal gatherings on non-event days, offering respite for those who seek an alternative or quiet space in the heart of the city.
The design divides the park into three main areas, each characterised by a distinctive atmosphere. The western parcel is densely shaded by existing trees, providing a tranquil environment that contrasts with the bustle of the surrounding cityscape. A field of dark grey gravel is introduced to provide texture to the grounds and to serve as a platform for community activities. Pedestrians on dedicated footpaths frequently move through this area, as it provides a link between Park Mall, a major bus stop and the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.
In the middle parcel sits an open-air performance amphitheatre that ties in with Istana Park, Fort Canning Park and the Singapore Art Museum to advance the city’s movement towards encouraging the arts. The structure’s sweeping curves contrast with the urban backdrop while its rippling metallic façade complements and adds texture to the park environment. Preservation of existing foliage is a key design consideration, accomplished by careful positioning of new structures to minimise tree felling.
The sculptural theatre is constructed using perforated aluminium sheets woven together, inspired by the natural lines of a rattan basket. The skin is porous to allow views inwards and outwards. The gently curving structure sweeps up from the ground to provide shade over the sunken stage and seating area. Two forecourts to the amphitheatre act as gathering spaces and venues for markets and bazaars when the theatre is inactive.
Juxtaposing the dense tree cover of the western parcel, the eastern parcel is an open field of turf set aside to accommodate outdoor sports activities. Conveniently located on the northern side of the field between both exits of the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station is a café offering indoor and outdoor alfresco dining experiences.