Expo City: Expositing the Ex-Port
This thesis looks at the question of how an iconic and valuable site of the ex- port may be developed without creating a tabula rasa situation when its lease expires in the near future. The thesis proposes to maintain a continuity of the port as a trading hub albeit through the introduction of a 21st century trading unit – the Expo – where exchanges of information, services and commodities are located. The design strategy retains the cranes as infrastructure and iconic landmarks, some act as entrances to the expo while others resume their role to unload and load goods.
The proposition also juxtaposes this mechanic landscape with a swath of greenery – a ‘natural’ landscape – thus bringing to this new ‘port’ two of Singapore’s prized attributes – the garden and the port. Here, the constructed artificiality of both landscapes are played out and celebrated – nature is multiplied and intensified and the machine is both monumentalized and made indispensable as landmark, structure and infrastructure.
The creation of a new public waterfront edge is the jewel of this proposition. Accessible to all, this space is a surreal hybrid landscape of towering machines reaching for the sky and quietly moving overhead, framed by rolling hillocks, trees and wild grasses and park follies. On the water’s edge float the new expo halls, a series of metal structures reminiscent of ships, with open able roofs used for recreational purposes. The dream of a multipurpose zone – a park, expo, port, entertainment, meetings and sport fold into each other as the ex-port continues to proliferate ‘exchange’!
Year 5 Masters Thesis Project