The new Funan will feature multiple access points and gentle slopes, making it easy for cyclists and pedestrians to enter the building. (Photo: Capitaland)
The new Funan will feature an indoor cycling path, rock climbing and other sports facilities and a new cinema experience when it reopens, its owner CapitaLand Mall Trust announced Wednesday (Sept 7).
The former IT mall, which closed its doors on June 30 after 31 years, is being redeveloped into a mixed-use complex that will comprise two office towers, serviced residences and six floors of retail stores.
Details were revealed at a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of redevelopment works, which will nearly double the complex's floor area to 887,000 sq ft and take three years to complete.
Funan will feature a 4,000 sq ft urban farm, where the public can learn more about the origins of their food and adopt a plot to grow their own produce. (Photo: Capitaland)
Three tenants have already signed on: movie operator Golden Village, food court operator Kopitiam and rock climbing facility Climb Central.
Golden Village's new cineplex will offer a multi-sensory experience, while Kopitiam will introduce a high-tech food court called KOPItech, which will feature robotic vacuum cleaners and self-ordering kiosks, among others.
Climb Central will offer a 50-lane rock climbing facility, and its highest wall will span four floors.
Sporting culture will feature prominently in Funan, with the addition of a futsal court, gym and a flexible space that can be turned into a basketball court at night using laser projections, CapitaLand Mall Trust said.
Apart from indoor cycling lanes, there will also be bike shops, bike cafes, lockers and shower facilities for cyclists.
CapitaLand marked Funan’s groundbreaking with a cycling challenge: (from left) Mr Jason Leow, CEO of CapitaLand Mall Asia; Mr Lim Ming Yan, president and Group CEO of CapitaLand Limited; and Mr Wilson Tan, CEO of CapitaLand Mall Trust Management Limited. (Photo: Capitaland)
While a floor of the mall will be dedicated to IT products, it will also incorporate workshops and other interactive elements.
A six-storey wooden and steel structure called The Tree Of Life will be the centrepiece of the complex, and will house open spaces and studios that promote new forms of retail and learning, such as spaces for local designers and makers to showcase their craft and conduct classes.
The Tree Of Life is Funan’s design centrepiece housing a variety of open spaces and studios that promote new forms of retail, experimentation and social learning. (Photo: Capitaland)
Other new concepts include a drive-through for collection of products ordered online, and a 4,000 sq ft urban farm.
CapitaLand Mall Trust Management chief executive officer Wilson Tan said that the new Funan will be a lifestyle hub that will cater to a new generation of tech and socially savvy consumers.
Funan unveils its new logo at a groundbreaking ceremony: (from left) Mr Jason Leow, Mr Lim Ming Yan and Mr Wilson Tan. (Photo: Capitaland)
"We look forward to more partners coming on board the retail innovation platform," he said.
Written by Tiffany Fumiko Tay for The Straits Times