Far East Organization-led consortium unveils next phase of One Holland Village to revitalise Singapore’s oldest bohemian enclave

Far East Organization, together with its joint venture partners Sekisui House and Sino Group, have unveiled details of the next phase of One Holland Village’s developmental journey, which will see the launch of a multimillion-dollar art programme. The fund serves to celebrate the identity of Holland Village’s unique environment and diverse community, where the arts are deeply embedded in everyday life.

The art programme will see the rallying of collective efforts from the local community, members of the public, and local and international artists to revitalise the endearing neighbourhood. This multi-year programme will run throughout One Holland Village’s entire developmental journey, with the aim of introducing both short- and long-term initiatives that residents and visitors can enjoy, from paintings to installations by local and international artists to an evolving series of art competitions and events. By making public art more accessible to all, it aims to contribute to the built and natural environment of one of Singapore’s most anticipated precinct projects and foster a wider culture of art appreciation in Singapore.

Mr Edward Ng, Executive Director of Projects and Operations at Far East Organization says, “Since the inception of this project, we have always sought to add to the unique character of Holland Village. One of our objectives is to build upon Holland Village’s existing vibrancy and energy. The introduction of public art and amenities to the neighbourhood would aid us in this endeavour; public art installations have always had the ability to invoke emotions as well as bolster our personal connections to the spaces that we visit. It is our hope that this initiative can bring lasting value to the neighbourhood and its many patrons.”

To kickstart the inaugural art programme, One Holland Village is inviting members of the public and arts community to participate in MILL, a public art bench design competition, from 1 December 2021. The first instalment – curated by homegrown multi-disciplinary, award-winning design studio FARM – seeks to tap on the community’s creativity and their love of Holland Village to create uniquely designed public benches that celebrate the precinct’s cultural identity and livens its surrounding landscape.

Five winning designs will be selected and awarded a S$2,000 cash prize each. Out of the five winning designs, one will be chosen by public vote on the official Instagram page (@hollandvillage_sg) and Facebook page (@hollandvillagesg). These will be fabricated by local ethical furniture makers Roger&Sons and installed across community spaces and common areas of One Holland Village.

In addition to the open call, five well-known artists and designers have been commissioned to create public art benches for One Holland Village. They are:

  • Olivia Lee (INDE. Awards – The Prodigy finalist in 2021 and 2018)
  • Hans Tan (Awarded Designer of the Year, President’s Design Award 2018)
  • Lanzavecchia + Wai (Awarded Red Dot Product Design Award in 2016)
  • Studio Juju (Awarded Design of the Year, President’s Design Award 2014)
  • John McLaughlin, Director, MKPL Architects (MKPL awarded Design of the Year, President’s Design Award Singapore in 2014)

One Holland Village encapsulates diverse mixed-use offerings – featuring private residences, serviced residences, retail, office and community spaces – at a trendy address that exudes a uniquely Singaporean bohemian vibe not easily replicated elsewhere. Confirmed tenants of the sprawling retail component include popular lifestyle brands such as Ippudo, indie cinema The Projector and not-for-profit organisations like The RICE Company Limited that seeks to build a sustainable arts ecosystem.

One Holland Village aims to create a welcoming environment by offering a variety of public spaces that serve the diverse interests and needs of all visitors and residents. These vibrant spaces include the tranquil pocket park of Village Green to enjoy cool evenings, open areas in the Village Square to host a series of community and cultural events; intimate courtyards for quiet relaxation; and active spaces such as a children’s play area and pet-friendly amenities to encourage more social interactions. Together, these new amenities and offerings will further enhance the precinct’s signature vibrancy and attractiveness to nearby residents and visitors across the island.

One Holland Village will be completed in two phases. The residential zone comprising One Holland Village Residences and serviced residences is estimated to be completed in Q4 2024. The commercial zone – retail, office and community use – is estimated to be completed in Q3 2023.

MILL is open for submissions from 1 December 2021 to 30 April 2022. Winners will be announced on 28 May 2022. For more details on how to submit, visit: www.onehollandvillage.com.sg/mill.

For more information, visit https://www.onehollandvillage.com.sg/.

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