Founders’ Memorial International Architectural Design Competition Winner Announced

Founders’ Memorial International Architectural Design Competition Winner Announced
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After a competition which attracted 193 submissions from local and foreign firms, the submission by Kengo Kuma & Associates and K2LD Architects has been selected for the Founders’ Memorial.

Founders’ Memorial International Architectural Design Competition Winner

In announcing its selection, the Jury Panel cited the winning design as having best captured the intent and objectives of the brief, having distinctive architectural and place-making characteristics, amongst other reasons.

The winning design by Kengo Kuma & Associates and K2LD Architects also received positive public feedback as part of the Founders’ Memorial Design Showcase held from November to December 2019.


Kengo Kuma & Associates and K2LD Architects’ Design

Founders' Memorial
Image: Kengo Kuma & Associates and K2LD Architects

According to Mr Kengo Kuma, design lead of the winning team, “Our design concept for the Founders’ Memorial originates from the idea of a path – a journey tracing the legacy of Singapore’s founding leaders. It simultaneously honours the past, and inspires the present and future. The design aims to be a ‘living memorial’, to be owned by each new generation of Singaporeans. There will be ample spaces for the celebration of milestone events, all set against the changing skyline of Singapore.”

Founders’ Memorial International Architectural Design Competition Winner
Image: Kengo Kuma & Associates and K2LD Architects

Mr Ko Shiou Hee, project architect, said: “The design also features multiple paths carved out of the architecture and landscape, representing Singapore’s multiculturalism. These paths merge together in the centre of the memorial, celebrating the shared values and ideals that we stand for as a nation. As a Singaporean, I am especially excited to co-lead the project to honour our founding leaders and their values.”

Kengo Kuma & Associates and K2LD Architects’ Design - Winner of the Founders’ Memorial Design Competition
Image: Kengo Kuma & Associates and K2LD Architects

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.


Founders’ Memorial Expected to be Ready 2027

The construction works for the memorial are expected to start 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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