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This site is an archetype in a new era in retail and mixed-use design not just for Singapore but for the entire global market.
Designed as a civic hub where life is experienced thoughtfully, the 62,000-meter project is a marketplace combining retail, entertainment, leisure, wellness, dining, office, co-working and co-living settings in one environment.
This built environment will cater to the new breed of consumers who favor a collaborative environment and authentic experiences that reflect their passions and tastes. These ethos are manifested in The Tree of Life–the centerpiece around which the retail clusters. Referred to as “passion clusters,” the Tree’s branches offer environments for technology, fitness, dining, craft, shopping and play zones for creative expression. On the Connector Floor–or the fourth floor–The Tree of Life encourages circulation to enjoy dining, theatre, wellness, offices, co-working, co-living and outdoor space.
The porous streetscape program and flexible ventilation create a ground floor that is accessible by pedestrians and bicycles 24 hours a day. To support Singapore’s move toward a car-light society and to promote healthy living, Funan offers full end-of-trip services for cycling enthusiasts, including bike shops and cafes, lockers and showers. It will also provide the city center’s first drive-through click-and-collect service at its basement levels. The building links to tourist routes in the city–on foot and bicycle–as well as key landmarks in Singapore.