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Designed by WOW Architects and a first for Archifest, the Pavilion will serve as the festival’s key venue. It will be built at The Foothills Fort Canning Park, a site fondly remembered as the former River Valley Swimming Pool, which has since been transformed into a park by the National Parks Board.

Images below are courtesy of SODE/Archifest.

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History of Site

River Valley Swimming Pool

The site for this year’s pavilion will be Fort Canning Park (The Foothills) where the former River Valley Swimming Complex used to be. Situated at the foot of Fort Canning Hill, opposite Liang Court and adjacent to the MICA Building, this expanse of green space also has 4 ancillary structures within its compounds which now houses a National Parks office, art galleries and a café.

Built by the Singapore City Council in the 1950s, a time where sporting facilities were only available to members of private sports and social clubs, the swimming complex brought anew form of recreation to the masses. Constructed at a cost of SGD$520,000, it was designed by British architect, M E Crocker and consisted of one Olympic-sized pool and a wading pool.

The pools were popular destinations for families but as better swimming pools were built across the country, attendance to River Valley Swimming Complex declined and being located in a commercial area with little residences in the vicinity did not help its case.

The Swimming Complex was eventually closed on 15 April 2003, 44 years after opening and recently, the Complex was given a new lease of life. Renamed The Foothills Fort Canning Park, the Olympic sized pool has since been filled with earth and turned into a park dedicated for arts and community usage with the ancillary structures such as changing rooms and clubhouse converted into offices and galleries.

Further reading

Images courtesy of the Singapore Sports Council

How To Get There


Bus stop 1 + 2: 
64, 123, 143

Bus stop 3:
1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N, 32, 54, 195, NR1, NR2, NR3, NR5, NR6, NR7, NR8

Bus stop 4:
32, 54, 195, 530, NR1, NR2, NR3, NR5, NR6, NR7, NR8

Bus stop 5:
1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N, 12, 33, 51, 54, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 147, 166, 174, 174E, 190, 197, 851, 961, 961#, NR1, NR2, NR3, NR5, NR6, NR7, NR8

Bus stop 6: 
2, 12, 33, 54, 147, 190

Parking Lots are available at Liang Court and UE Square.

The designated drop-off point for vehicles is located at the foot of the overhead pedestrian bridge connecting The Foothills and Liang Court.

Visitors travelling by foot may access the pavilion via the drop-of point as well as the gate situated between The Foothills and MICA Building.

Taxi stands are located outside Liang Court and Clarke Quay.

About WOW Architects

WOW Architects is a Singapore-based international consultancy offering professional design services in architecture, interior design, landscape design and master planning. An award-winning firm recognised for extensive experience in cross-border services, its projects span the Asian region and extend as far as the Middle East and East Africa. Their core competency lies in the areas of Hospitality, Residential and Commercial design with strong lifestyle-driven concepts. It is affiliated to the Board of Architects and is a member of both the Singapore Institute of Architects and Singapore Green Building Council. The firm was a recipient of the Singapore Institute of Architects 2010 Building of the Year award.

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