Live, work, play options at new Funan
THE new Funan mall, when ready in the fourth quarter of 2019, will be a platform that "inspires retail innovation" and offers a "new paradigm" for living, work and play, said CapitaLand Mall Trust.
The new mall will simply be called "Funan" - it was originally Funan DigitaLife Mall - as a tribute to the site's legacy and an acknowledgement of the public's affection for the name.
Funan will go beyond selling IT products to "incorporating the tech experience throughout the entire integrated development".
For one thing, it will offer online-to-offline retail services to target on-the-go mobile-first customers.
These include a drive-through, click-and-collect and hands-free shopping service, where customers can choose to either pick up their purchases at Funan's concierge when they are done, or have their shopping bags delivered to their homes.
The service is said to be a first in the Central Business District.
Funan will have a total gross floor area of 887,000 sq ft.
Occupying more than half the space at 500,000 sq ft will be the mall - a six-storey retail component which comprises four levels above ground and two basement levels.
Three towers will sit above, including two six-storey office towers from levels 5 to 10 and a nine-storey block housing 279 apartments from levels 4 to 12.
Funan will feature a "mobile-first digital platform" that is linked to a smart carparking and smart access system, said to improve productivity, energy efficiency and security.
It will also offer full amenities and end-of-trip facilities for cyclists, including bike shops, bike cafes, lockers and shower facilities.
Funan said this is to support the country's move towards a car-lite society and to promote healthy living.
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