Downtown East

An integrated leisure experience

The redevelopment of Downtown East – a five-year undertaking to transform it into an integrated leisure destination with a resort experience – updates existing amenities and adds new areas to create a comprehensive and harmonious development. Three key aspects of sustainability – environmental, economic and social sustainability – guided the planning and design of the complex.

The project involved the construction of D’Resort which consists of a hotel block and three clusters of chalet blocks, and a complete makeover of the existing shopping mall which will have new retail and dining outlets, as well as a significant expansion of the Wild Wild Wet water theme park.

1 Pasir Ris Close, 519599
Category Hospitality | Sports, Community & Recreation | Theme Parks | Mixed Use
Year 2017
Size 94,800sqm
The deliberate choice of materials throughout the development creates a natural and laidback atmosphere, with irregular floor patterns, galvanised steel railings and greenery.
The chalet blocks are grouped into three clusters that offer beach, park or mangrove views, and are interconnected by naturally ventilated, sheltered walkways to lower the development’s carbon footprint.
Strong linear elements are seen throughout the development, from the tall slender columns at the arrival plaza, the handrails, façade to the canopy articulation.
The double-volume and naturally ventilated arrival plaza features four clusters of columns, each encapsulating a single tree, forming a tectonic garden setting.

Arriving at the Resort Main Block, guests are treated with a panoramic view of the entire development and the seaside, a view granted by the elevation of the driveway to the second storey. The park setting lends itself to the natural enhancement of the chalet environment. Three clusters of accommodations offer views that vary between the beach, the park and the mangrove. The richness of site opportunities gives rise to the design of a wide range of environments within the development.

The design language and strategies used demonstrate the importance of understanding and designing within the site context, such that the project sits comfortably in the surroundings. The design language also showcases the sensitive eye on materiality – how materials come together in a palette that is ultimately an expression of elegant rustic hospitality.

Together with the enhancement to the infrastructure, a new clarity of the circulation networks and improved amenities, Downtown East’s identity as the Singapore’s leisure destination of choice is further fortified.

Specialist Services

Integrated services provided for this project.


2019 BCA Universal Design Mark Award (Gold PLUS)
Downtown East
2017 Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards
Downtown East
2015 BCA Universal Design Mark Awards - Gold Plus (Design)
Downtown East

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