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ZHA unveils new Science Centre in Singapore

by Sion Geschwindt

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has unveiled project details for its new Science Centre in Singapore.

The new centre aims to provide ‘unique facilities and programmes’ and be a destination for Singaporeans to explore and experience STEM subjects.

The design includes five interconnected rectangular volumes defined by large “monocle” windows that offer views of neighbouring Jurong Lake Gardens.

Features include a network of discovery trails and an enhanced Children’s Gallery that offers twice as much room as the space provided in its predecessor. 

An “Eco-Lab” and “Eco-Garden” will serve as part of the museum’s educational offerings, while programmable rooftop spaces, an observatory, and a Digital Fabrication Lab all provide students with the opportunity to learn about topics like vertical farming.

ZHA says it hopes to attain a BCA Green Mark Platinum rating for the project with the help of environmental design consultants Atelier Ten and Architects 61.

A combination of building management systems, photovoltaic arrays, and ventilation strategies aims to reduce the building’s energy consumption by up to 40%.

Finally, a landscaped pathway connecting to the adjacent Chinese Gardens MRT station will complete the site.

Lim Tit Meng, the Chief Executive of the Science Centre’s Board, said: “Our ambition for the new Science Centre is to be a truly rewarding destination for all ages and  abilities.

“The universal design principles of the new building will facilitate equal opportunities for all visitors, regardless of demographic or learning abilities.

“We have also been experimenting with new programs and exhibition formats at the current site, taking note of the best practices we can apply to provide enhanced experiences to our audiences.”

The new centre is expected to be complete in 2027.

Rendering: Negativ, image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

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