Jacob Ballas Children's Garden Extension
Singapore, Singapore

Set within the Singapore Botanic Gardens World Heritage Site, Asia’s first garden dedicated to children was initially targeted at under-9s. This project sought to make it resonate up to age 14, with learning points to holistically complement school curriculums. Children’s workshops informed its design. The result has become a family attraction. The extension consists of a visitor centre, where natural light streams in through butterfly-shaped ceiling perforations; six separate single-storey pavilions offering different activities and sensorial experiences; and two varying-height elevated boardwalks. The architecture aims to be awe-inspiring: larger-than-usual structural members imply a child’s-eye view. Natural materials predominate. Screens and wide openings harness tropical breezes as ventilation.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Singapore, Singapore
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Completed 2017
2,400 m²
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