Instagram moments are the design focus for Capitaland's £320m 'work-play' megahub

by Andrew Manns | 06 Jun 2019
Funan has a clear focus on offering differentiated experiences and connections that are not replicable online
– Tony Tan

A focus on enabling customers to create Instagram moments has defined the design of the hotly anticipated Funan Mall by Singaporean property and investment group Capitaland, which will reopen to the public on 28 June.

Situated in Singapore's Civic District, the revamped retail complex, which was restored by Capitaland for an estimated £320m (US$406.3m, €361.6m), features an array of leisure facilities, including a 200-metre indoor cycling path (a first for the city), a bouldering wall, an edible plant garden, and over 180 retail and dining outlets based on six “passion themes”: Tech, Craft, Play, Fit, Chic, and Taste.

Funan also have a fitness centre, pool, multiplex, and a futsal court, plus a select number of apartments.

Chris Chong, managing director of retail at CapitaLand, said the mall would “bring together experiential and activity-based retail at a scale not seen before in Singapore’s Civic District”.

He added that the relaunched space, which took 27 months to complete, would serve as a "social space where people spend their time experiencing, discovering, and shopping".

The project was designed by Woods Bagot, who said their intent was to create a “porous streetscape” that would support Singapore’s goal to promote a more health-conscious and less car-dependent society.

“We envision Funan as a vibrant live-work-play hub,” said Chong.

“It will foster emotional connections with its users through lively social and cultural activities, inviting public places and energetic community vibes.”

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