Singapore’s futuristic STEM center by Zaha Hadid begins construction

Photo credit: Zaha Hadid Architects
Photo credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

Singapore’s renowned Science Center is poised to usher in a new era of STEM education and immersive exploration with the groundbreaking ceremony for its futuristic 55,000 square meter facility, designed in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects and Architects 61 Pte Ltd. 

Nestled adjacent to the Chinese Garden MRT station, this state-of-the-art marvel is set to become a landmark attraction in the heart of the Jurong Lake District when it opens in the end of 2027, coinciding with the institution’s 50th anniversary.

The upcoming Science Center is designed to revolutionize the way visitors of all ages engage with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

With cutting-edge technology and a strong emphasis on immersive learning experiences, the expansion will offer a plethora of hands-on interactive exhibits to stimulate curiosity, ignite exploration, and inspire a lifelong love for science.

Not only will the Science Center cater to children, but it will also actively involve parents in their children’s educational journeys through collaborative programs and exhibitions. 

This groundbreaking approach aims to foster a deeper connection between families and STEM education.

Beyond traditional exhibits, the Science Center will stimulate a dialogue on cutting-edge technology and critical global issues. 

From generative Artificial Intelligence to sustainability and climate change, workshops, exhibitions, and lectures will cater to the interests of both adults and young adults. Additionally, the institution will serve as a testing ground for innovative concepts, ensuring guests experience a unique and distinctive learning environment.

The new Outdoor Amphitheater, set to open to the public, will provide a space for community gatherings and events. 

Visitors can explore the Science Center through immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences, and a tangible 3D model of the building will be housed inside the center, starting in 2024. The center aspires to be a vibrant hub for the community, where people can interact with one another, explore curated nature trails, and participate in exhibitions.

Designed with a strong emphasis on nature, the Science Center seamlessly blends with the surrounding landscape. 

Visitors can explore various gardens and outdoor spaces while enjoying panoramic views of Jurong Lake and its lush surroundings through expansive windows and rooftop gardens. 

The easternmost rooftop garden will be open for public event bookings, and the Observatory will offer stargazing opportunities, providing a unique connection between nature and scientific discovery.

From a scientific perspective, the Science Center will encourage exploration of the natural trails and secondary forest, thanks to collaborations with the National Parks Board (NParks), the national water agency PUB, and nature groups. Learning trails and programs for the public will be developed, making the center a true nexus of education and exploration.

The end of 2027 cannot come soon enough for those eagerly awaiting this new chapter in Singapore’s scientific journey.


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