Here is the stunning design that won Founders’ Memorial International Architectural Design Competition

The Founders’ Memorial international architectural design competition, launched in January 2019, attracted a strong response of 193 submissions from local and foreign firms.

From the five shortlisted designs, the Jury Panel unanimously selected Kengo Kuma & Associates and K2LD Architects’ submission as the winning design, as it:

  • Best captures the intent and objectives of the design brief;
  • Responds creatively to the brief and the site;
  • Has distinctive architectural, landscaping and place-making characteristics;
  • Is practical, economically feasible and financially sustainable;
  • Is designed for safety, buildability and ease of maintenance and
  • Received positive public feedback at the Founders’ Memorial Design Showcase

The Jury Panel chose the winning design by Kengo Kuma & Associates and K2LD Architects as it stood out as a site-specific design that best encapsulates the aspirations of the design brief. Its organic form creates a welcome counterpoint to the domes of Gardens by the Bay.

Conceptually different from the other shortlisted designs, it emphasises Singapore as a “City in a Garden” and allows for future growth. More than a singular building, it is a sustainable, environmentally progressive reflection of the ideals of Singapore. In addition, the design has great potential to provide multi-layered experiences for all visitors in its blending of external and internal spaces.

Arrival Lake

Forest Trail

Connection Between Two Buildings

Arrival from Car Park


Visitor Centre Lobby

View from Promenade

View from Across the Bay

Kengo Kuma & Associates and K2LD Architects will be commissioned to develop the design of the Founders’ Memorial with the National Heritage Board and Gardens by the Bay. The construction works for the memorial are expected to commence in 2022, and the Founders’ Memorial is expected to be completed by 2027.

The public will continue to be consulted in the development of the detailed building design and the formulation of the content and programming concepts over the next few years.

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