Singapore Founders' Memorial
Memorial, Exhibition, Civic Education
At the time of independence, Singapore inherited a series of issues from decolonization: racial riots, the undercurrent of ideological confrontations, a crumbling economy, the vague national identity, and the scarcity of basic natural resources... The notion that the involuntary independence of Singapore was conceived in chaos, is hardly an exaggeration.
As a response to the global design competition for Singapore Founders' Memorial, Zeng Zhibin has envisioned a heroic structure and space that echoes the nation’s transition from the state of chaos to the state of order.
The major programs and circulation have been arranged along an axis that is parallel to the Singapore Marina Bay east bank. Along the axis, space transits from chaos to order, the nature of architectural elements transit from sculptural to structural, the lighting condition transit from dim to gentle, the program transits from an autonomous public atrium to exhibition halls with designated purposes. making the design concept self-explanatory.
All the transitions are designed to echo the national memory of struggle through chaos to order, making the design concept self-explanatory.
独立之初，新加坡继承了去殖民化过程遗留下的诸多问题: 种族间的暴乱，意识形态斗争的暗流，濒临崩溃的经济，模糊的国民身份认同和基本自然资源的匮乏... 毫不夸张的说，新加坡的被迫独立孕育于混乱之中。