Singapore’s Mediapolis with Bernard Tschumi Architects. Transportation planning, density planning, phasing, development control guidelines, open space and pedestrian route planning, produced as urban designer on master-plans and large cultural projects in the office of Bernard Tschumi Architects. (Real-time information on the Mediapolis development is online here.)
The Media Park plan situates a complex of dedicated media facilities within a larger context of inter-connected activities.
The building envelope controls allow flexibility in program and architectural expression, while providing the language for a consistent character throughout the Media Park. This layer of controls mandates a puncture in the continuous street wall. This puncture could be interpreted in any shape or scale. Without disrupting the continuity of the building program at grade, these differentiated voided areas enliven the continuous street-wall elevation and demand architectural invention.
In exchange for this somewhat demanding regulation, other aspects of the façade remain open for interpretation. Service and utilities may register on the public façade without concealment, at the discretion of the individual project’s design. Any material may be deployed. Inventive functional uses of the void may emerge from this flexibility.
The activities of the Media Park are both media-specific and larger than media. The activities of the Media Park constitute not a supply chain, but an ecology of media production. As such, the Media Park provides opportunity for ground level activity that ranges from youthful to professional, recreational to technical, independent to collective. Stark boundaries between work and play, inside and outside, public and private are replaced with a continuous dual logic of urbanity and flexibility.