Zaha Hadid Architects has won a competition to design the New Science Centre in Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore.
The team, led by Architects 61 in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects, have started design development workshops for the attraction.
Singapore’s Minister for Education, Mr Ong Ye Kung, revealed the Science Centre Board had awarded the tender for the design of the New Science Centre to Architects 61 and Zaha Hadid Architects.
“The New Science Centre promises to bring even more excitement… As we wind down the focus on examinations in schools, we are ramping up inquiry-based and applied learning,” said Mr Ong.
Immersive learning experiences and STEM
“The New Science Centre will be the biggest applied learning classroom for all our students, and we have worked this into the conceptual design of the new centre.”
The attraction, scheduled for completion in 2025, will feature immersive learning experiences and improved educational facilities. It will have a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore, Associate Profesor Lim Tit Meng, said: “The award of tender comes after months of in-depth discussions with each of the shortlisted firms.
“Together, with our appointed team of consultants and in partnership with the community and our stakeholders, we look forward to reimagining how a trip to the New Science Centre will continue to inspire lifelong appreciation of the importance and impact of STEM, where science can befriend and transform the minds of millions.”
Jurong Lake District tourist destination
The design proposal involves integrating the New Science Centre with Jurong Lake Gardens. It was recently revealed that Jurong Lake District is being transformed into a 7-hectare tourist destination with a hotel, attractions, restaurants and shops.
The vacant site is located next to the Chinese Garden MRT station and New Science Centre, which is moving from Jurong Town Hall to Jurong Lake Gardens.
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