Designs released for floating hawker centre in Singapore
A sustainable, open air food haven
The layout for floating orchids reinterprets the traditional hawker, — a cooked food centre — combining the Asian city's rich culture and legacy with a modern and versatile deisgn.
Each individual pod will have cooking stalls, (with built-in exhaust, water, gas, electrical, waste accumulation and water recycling services), and table settings and seating. A futuristic-looking protective canopy created from an energy-generating expanded EFTE pillow — a fluorine based plastic — will provide also the space with its eco-friendly element.
The self-sustainable, solar-powered pods aim to rejoin the island country of Singapore with its harbour, while featuring a traditional and favored past-time. The plan also complements the Singaporean government's plan to create floating solar-islands in the nearby reservoirs.
''We seek to re-energise the hawker center typology while retaining the soul of a very Singaporean dining experience," explained Stephan Pimbley, a founding director of Spark.