Beauty World Park²
Beauty World evolved through numerous layers of function and programs, eventually culminating in its life as an open- air market before being demolished. Today, the original Beauty World can be described as a place that has ceased to exist physically but has persisted in various forms such as social, resident, and architectural. This study mainly focuses on the formation of the Beauty World, examining the urban, social, and cultural contexts that molded the Beauty World Market in unique ways throughout the age. However, in this 21th century, the malls on the site (Beauty World Centre, Bukit Timah Shopping Mall and Beauty World Plaza) are in limbo, with the prospect of demolition or em-bloc. Hence, I was seeking for strategies to retrofit the existing building as new uses without dismantling or reconstructing it during my thesis research. It was intended to reintroduce the vibrancy of the previous Beauty World Market to the site in order to evoke and sustain the Beauty World Market’s ethos by restoring the site’s historical, social, and communal significance. Adaptive reuse tactics provide a few of the original building’s features a second chance at life.
Beauty World Park (Chee Jia Xin) is inspired by a rigorous archaeological process that excavates and unearths the historical, social and cultural layers of the expunged Beauty World Market. Beauty World Centre (BWC) and Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (BTSC) are proposed to be rehabilitated and repurposed to serve new community needs and achieve economic revitalisation and urban intensification, eschewing the ‘tabula rasa’ approach. Through urban scale interventions such as the unifying sunken landscaped garden and podia-level decks across the entire city block, to surgical interventions such as remodelling of the existing atria of BWC into a naturally ventilated one that extends to a new urban plaza, the ambitious scheme offers a compelling vision of a socially and environmentally sustainable approach to the regeneration of Singapore’s ageing multi-strata mixed used developments.
- Adj. Senior Lecturer, Ho Weng Hin
Chee Jia Xin
Chee Jia Xin