ION Orchard, a 87,486 m² retail mall represents a significant expansion of Singapore’s public sphere, providing both internal and external spaces to be enjoyed by all. The result of a joint venture development between two of Asia’s most influential property developers and mall managers, Singapore’s CapitaLand and Hong Kong’s Sun Hung Kai Properties, ION Orchard stands as a model of design and innovation, conceived as an urban seed that will lead to the dynamic re-imagination of Orchard Road, bringing forth a new urban realm to the city centre. The architecture took the form of the seed as the inspiration for the retail podium introducing a large new civic space, deliberately carved back from the street; that delivers a central urban meeting space, capable of staging public events of varying sizes. Structurally, the façade features a complex piece of façade engineering, providing Singapore with the first pure monocoque facade and roof structure. The monocoque roof structure covering the 3000 m² events space rests on just two ‘tree columns’ and spans large distances never before spanned. In addition to this, the canopy and façade feature a curvilinear glass façade, designed to wrap around the retail component of the scheme, creating highly visible shop frontage. Media expression is an important component of the project, integrating the latest LED display technology to transform the façade into a communicative face, injecting energy and activity into the public realm. This large point-fixed glass structure, the largest LED media wall in Asia, has created a new stage for public video screenings and advertisements, adding a new layer of visual experience and vitality to the plaza. By linking all visual elements to the site – drawing on the imagery of the natural environment and of Singapore itself, we have tied the development to the place. By including in the scheme grand civic gestures and new, flexible public spaces, we have brought it closer to the people. For ION Orchard, the design intention was to introduce a space that extended beyond commercial value and the traditional model of a retail centre. The scheme balances the key ingredients for creating a successful retail destination – allowing room for brand freedom, while also providing a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment environment. Like the exterior, the interior is inspired by the site’s heritage, and the notion of the orchard, with strong connections to the natural environment. Visitors are treated to a unique shopping experience at over 300 retail, F&B and entertainment stores, which will include six of the world’s top luxury brands building their signature flagships in duplex units fronting Orchard Road, international brands and popular high street fashion and lifestyle stores carefully selected for their strong branding and innovative retailing concepts. In addition to the extensive stable of brands, an extensive food hall will offer visitors a myriad of food choices ranging from local favourites to international cuisine. ION Art, a dedicated programme, introduces new and multi-media art into the Integrated Mall experience and offers the best of Asian and Singapore modern and contemporary art and design from established and emerging artists & designers. This includes a 5,600 sq ft gallery space within the mall - the largest of its kind in Singapore, housing international and local exhibitions and displays of art, design and new media. Ultimately, by designing with a keen commercial sensibility and vibrant, innovative architecture, we ensure that it will make a meaningful urban contribution as the destination at the heart of Singapore. Since opening, ION Orchard has become a landmark destination in Singapore, achieving international acclaim and setting a benchmark in the retail, architecture and construction industries.