The winning entry features a linear design that integrates lush greenery and foliage within a 5ha site in Bay East Garden. Photo:

The design for the upcoming Founders’ Memorial at Marina Bay has finally been chosen, with Japanese firm Kengo Kuma & Associates and Singapore firm K2LD Architects emerging as the winner.

Featuring a linear design that integrates lush greenery and foliage within a 5ha site in Bay East Garden, the winning design was unanimously voted upon as the winning entry by the seven-member jury. It bested four other shortlisted designs.

It will have a lake, a forest trail, viewing gallery and an amphitheatre suitable for big gatherings.

The jury panel lauded the submission for its place-making characteristics and distinctive architectural, landscaping, reported The Business Times.

“The winning design is sensitive and functional, and embodies the spirit and values of Singapore’s founding team of leaders,” said Lee Tzu Yang, Founders’ Memorial Committee Chairman and head of the jury panel.

“It’s a unique design, incorporating landscape and architecture, that brings visitors on a journey of discovery.”

The jury noted that the design had a thoughtful layout of spaces and allowed for connectivity to public transportation, good accessibility and integration with Bay East Garden, he added.

Construction works for the memorial – which will be served by upcoming Founders’ Memorial MRT station on the Thomson-East Coast Line – is set to start in 2022, and is expected to be completed by 2027.

Kengo Kuma, the winning team’s design lead, revealed that the concept for the design was inspired by the idea of a path which traces the legacy of the city-state’s founding fathers.

“It simultaneously honours the past, and inspires the present and future,” he said. “The design aims to be a living memorial, to be owned by each new generation of Singaporeans.”

Notable works of his firm include Tokyo’s National Stadium, Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum in Kochi, Japan and Scotland’s V&A Museum Dundee.

Meanwhile, works by his local partner K2LD Architects include Singapore’s Christ Methodist Church and China’s Yong Tai Red Cliff Visitor Centre.

Last January, an international architectural design competition was launched to find the best design for Singapore’s new landmark. It attracted submissions from 193 architects in Singapore and overseas, with the list eventually trimmed down to five.

The shortlisted designs were then showcased in a roving exhibition, where more than 50,000 members of the public selected their favourite design.

When picking the winner, the jury took into consideration the responses.

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