CapitaLand seeks ideas from public to develop Funan into 'mall of the future'

Facade of the Funan DigitaLife Mall at North Bridge Road.
Facade of the Funan DigitaLife Mall at North Bridge Road. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - CapitaLand is calling for ideas from the public to turn Funan DigitaLife Mall into a "mall of the future" as it prepares to close the shopping centre in North Bridge Road on July 1 for a three-year redevelopment.

The mall's floor area will be increased by about 388,000 sq ft making a total of 870,000 sq ft, about the size of Ion Orchard.

CapitaLand president and group chief executive Lim Ming Yan said: "We envision a new-generation integrated development where communities can work, play and live in a collaborative and interactive space.

 
 
 
 

"By tapping collective wisdom, we believe we can pioneer new possibilities for the real estate of the future."

A campaign for ideas called #BeyondIT has been launched. Jointly organised by CapitaLand and The Straits Times, it takes the form of a digital platform that invites Singaporeans to imagine an integrated space in the heart of the Civic and Cultural District.

Members of the public can contribute their ideas under three broad categories - Play, Create and Live - via www.straitstimes.com/BeyondIT from today (April 15) until May 31.

Participants stand to win prizes. In addition, those whose entries are selected could see their ideas expressed in the form of large-scale graffiti artwork on the hoarding of the new development.

Said Mr Lim: "Known originally as Funan Centre when it opened in 1985, the mall has grown to become an icon of Singapore's IT retail history.

"Hence we wanted to involve the public in the redevelopment of this Singapore landmark; by inviting them to share with us their aspirations for the new integrated development and journey with us as the mall embarks on the future."