Today, CapitaLand Mall Trust (CMT) announced that the upcoming Funan mall has successfully obtained its Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) and is well on track in opening its retail and office components in Q2 2019.
The new Funan mall is 887,000 sqft (~82,405 sqm) in total gross floor area, and is 85% larger than its predecessor, the Funan DigitaLife Mall.
As a quick recap, the old Funan mall closed its doors in Q3 2016, and the construction of the new Funan space took 27 months from groundbreaking to completion.
Pegged to be “Singapore’s first online-and-offline shopping mall” that integrates online and offline retail with data and logistics, it is billed to “[empower] retailers’ omnichannel strategy and [transform] the customer experience”.
Other that retail shops, the new Funan will also include two office blocks and will be home to MNCs and “coworking spaces for the mobile workforce”.
In a previous article, we shared that teams from 5 government agencies will also be located at Funan, namely, the Department of Statistics (DOS), the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and GovTech.
The DOS will be moving later this year, the SNDGO at the end of the year, while the AGC will be relocating by early next year.
Out of the five, GovTech is the only one which will have a team based out of coworking space WeWork.
Beyond coworking space WeWork, The Ascott Limited’s coliving serviced residence, lyf, will also be located at Funan.
lyf is “designed by millennials for millennials”, and will offer up to 412 rooms in 279 units for residents.
lyf Funan will be the group’s Singapore flagship, and will include spaces for residents to work, connect, and rest.
Tenants And Amenities To Look Out For
The new Funan is “envisioned as a vibrant live-work-play hub that fosters emotional connections with its users”.
For one, it will be the first commercial development in Singapore that allows cycling through the building at Level 1, and even include end-of-trip facilities like cafes and showers for cyclists.
English bike brand Brompton Bicycle will also open its first flagship store in Singapore there.
Staying through to its roots, visitors will be able to visit merchants Newstead Technologies, AddOn Systems, and T K Foto, while gaming store GamePro will host esports tournaments at Funan’s dedicated esports zone.
It’s not just tech tenants that shoppers can look forward to.
Funan customers will be able to access a slew of high-tech features via the CapitaStar members app, which will let them book and access open studios, sign up for craft workshops, book tickets to theatre performances at W!ld Rice, and reserve meeting rooms at WeWork.
The app is also integrated with the mall’s smart parking lots, allowing drivers to reserve parking lots in advance, find their car, and pay their parking fees with it.
Shoppers will also be able to ditch their wallets and make payment for purchases using the in-app ePayment feature StarPay.
If the shopping spree gets a little too intense, Funan also has a 24-hour click-and-collect drive-through facility, which is equipped with a state-of-the-art robotic arm.
Hands-free shopping is also made possible with an in-mall robot that will pick up purchases from stores and then deposit the bags at the mall’s click-and-collect boxes at Basement 2.
Smart directories with sensors that provide shoppers with personalised recommendations based on their demographic profile will also be in place.
Card-less office access for those working at Funan is also made possible with facial recognition technology.
Funan will also be home to an urban farm by Edible Garden City, the only futsal court in the CBD by Ark Futsal, and the largest rock-climbing facility in the CBD by Climb Central.
Golden Village cineplex, Kopitiam foodcourt, and the flagship of Carrie K. and Keepers have also been confirmed to be tenants at Funan.
According to the press release, the new Funan mall is 90% leased to date.
Find out more about the new Funan mall in their concept video here: