Competition Won for Founders’ Memorial, Singapore

Museum, Visitor Centre, Multi-purpose spaces
13,700 ㎡ (as planned)

The submission by Kengo Kuma & Associates in collaboration with K2LD Architects has been selected as the winner of the international architectural design competition for the Founders’ Memorial. The competition, launched in January 2019, attracted a strong response of 193 submissions from local and foreign firms.

The design concept originates from the idea of a path, a journey tracing the legacy of Singapore’s founding leaders to honor the past and to inspire the present and future. The design aims to be a living memorial, owned by each new generation of Singaporeans, with spaces for the celebration of milestone events and slopes that can be ascended, with a vision to the future the changing skyline of Singapore.

More than a singular building, we envision a garden: a place for all to gather close to nature. The Founders’ Path, as a central spine, defines the new topography with memorial slopes emerging from the landscape. Multiple paths and canopies extend into the garden, creating a seamless journey that invites visitors to reflect, learn and share while contemplating amidst the lush surroundings.

“The Founders’ Memorial, a new kind of monument.”

Project Team: Rita Topa, Tan Wei Ming, Fabio Bellini, Zhang Liang, Romeo Chang, Takahiro Hirayama, Philippe Chassais

© Kengo Kuma and Associates, K2LD Architects