German Student Wins Silver Award in International Street Furniture Design Contest for VivoCity


04 April 2006, Singapore - Jan Sappert, a 24-year-old Interior Design undergraduate student at Design and Medien Hannover, Germany, has won the silver prize in the VivoCity Student Design Contest for innovative and interactive street furniture. His design, entitled "ComeFused", is an interactive installation with an illuminated interior that depicts the fluid lines of VivoCity's architecture.

VivoCity, which is designed by world-renowned and award winning architect, Toyo Ito, will be Singapore's largest multi-experiential retail and lifestyle destination when it opens to the public in October 2006.

Organised by leading Singapore real estate company, Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, the developer of VivoCity, and Design Singapore Council, the inaugural VivoCity Student Design Contest is a worldwide competition that aims to nurture the artistic talent of students and promote design excellence.

Designs of street furniture for the contest expressed the theme of "Fluidity", which is also the creative theme of VivoCity's distinctive architecture.

Mapletree had originally planned to produce only the top design for display at VivoCity, alongside works of acclaimed international artists. However, they were so impressed by Sappert's design, that they are now considering the possibility of producing it as well. In addition, Sappert receives S,000 plus S,000 for his school.

"This is indeed a once-in-a-lifetime experience, to have the chance to have your work displayed in VivoCity, which is designed by world-renowned architect Toyo Ito," says Sappert. "When designing 'ComeFused', I had meant for it to interact with people, to allow them to walk through it, play in it and pose for photographs by it. Its fluid-like interior was inspired by the bold, fluid forms of VivoCity's architecture," he said.

Sappert was one of four finalists who were given a three-day, fully paid-for trip to Japan to study under Toyo Ito in January 2006. During this trip, Toyo Ito gave the students advice and guidance to help them improve their designs. He also showed them architectural and design works in Roponggi Hills, and shared insights to his own works - acclaimed architectural projects such as Mikimoto Ginza 2, Tod's Omotesando Building and Sendai Mediatheque.

Using what they had seen and learnt with Toyo Ito's help during the trip to Japan, the four students then made improvements and submitted their designs for the final judging on 27 March 2006.

Rony Chan from Hong Kong Polytechnic University was awarded the gold prize with 'Raindrop' while Kenneth Koh from the National University of Singapore was awarded the bronze prize with 'Island'. Jeffrey Wongso from Singapore's Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts was awarded the Merit prize (please see attached details of these four designs).

"VivoCity is not just about shopping. Here, art is an integral part of the total lifestyle experience, one that touches people, and adds character and soul to their environment," says Edmund Cheng, Chairman of Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, developer of VivoCity, "We were impressed by the winning designs as they not only enhance VivoCity's iconic status, but also their fun and interactivity add to the multi-dimensional experiences that will constantly surprise and stimulate visitors to VivoCity. "

Singapore is committed to becoming a regional and international hub of design excellence," adds Mr Cheng, who is also Chairman of DesignSingapore Council. "Adorned with works from the student and professional art and design fraternities to complement its organic, fluid design, VivoCity itself will become Singapore's most striking demonstration of that commitment to design excellence."

About VivoCityWith over 1 million square feet of lettable floor space attracting a diverse mix of over 350 retailers, large event space, including a 1000-seat amphitheatre and a 300m harbour front boardwalk, VivoCity is set to become Singapore's largest and most diverse retail and lifestyle destination when it opens to the public in the fourth quarter of 2006. Designed by world-renowned architect, Toyo Ito, VivoCity will be the centre-piece of Singapore's newest lifestyle hub at the HarbourFront, which also includes Sentosa, Mt Faber, the Singapore Cruise Centre and the St James Power Station.

About Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd 
Mapletree, the developer of VivoCity, is a leading real estate company with an asset base of approximately S.9 billion, comprising office, retail/lifestyle logistics/industrial, and high-tech industrial properties. It is committed to shaping new ways to deliver value to its stakeholders from multiple real estate investments and services. With its significant expertise, diverse skill sets and intimate knowledge of the property industry in Singapore and Asia, Mapletree is well-positioned to be an ideal strategic real estate partner in providing innovative real estate solutions and investment products.

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