Singapore MediaCorp

The design for the New Media Complex represents a new idea for a broadcasting centre, where the Media Centre is not only an efficient and functional working environment, but also a publicly-oriented facility that is open and inviting to visitors from around the world. It is aimed at attracting and inspiring visitors by showcasing the unique operations of the broadcasting centre. A distinct ascending tour route is designed into the facility allowing visitors to learn and observe the fascinating work that unfolds within MediaCorp. Such activities are typically concealed in most other facilities.

The formal design strategy provides a unique form and place to each of the three primary programs: the 1,600-seat Performing Arts Theatre, the Broadcast Centre and Mediacorp’s Corporate Offices. The three building forms in unison, create a gateway, a “view corridor” acting as both a pedestrian spine as well as public plaza with a grand stairway with 50 steps commemorating Singapore’s 50th year, as an independent nation, at the time of opening. At the top of the stairway is a “viewing plateau” that links the park and traversing spine with major public amenities such as cafés, restaurants, and gift shops. Visitors and passerby can enjoy panoramic views from the viewing plateau over the park and Mediapolis beyond.

Location: Buona Vista One-North, Singapore
Completion Date: 2015
Building Type: Broadcasting Centre, Theatre, Office
Structural System: Reinforced Concrete, Steel Reinforced Concrete
Number of Floors: 4 Basement Levels + 12 Stories
Site Area: 15,000m²
Building Area: 13,400m²
Total Floor Area: 118,400m²
Architect of Record: DP Architects
Structural Engineer: Web Structures
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: Parsons Brinckerhoff
■ Publication
a+u:2012.7 Special Issue
■ Awards / Competition
First Prize, invited competition (2011)