Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

The Esplanade Co Ltd
4,264.16 sqm
  • S.Arch Design Award 2023 - Honourable Mention - Category Completed Projects
  • S.Arch Design Award 2020 - Honourable Mention - Category Future Projects
  • SIA Design Award 2023 - Merit Award - Category Educational and Community Buildings
  • 2023 Illumination Awards - Merit Award - International Category


Occupying a 5,100 sqm site near Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, the new Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade serves as an exciting performance venue, production house, and home to world-renowned companies and artists. It adds to the dynamism of Singapore’s cultural scene, becoming part of a lively and burgeoning arts precinct overlooking Marina Bay.

The four-storey mid-size theatre is envisioned as a raw and casual theatre space that is functional, accessible and welcoming. Its design integrates flexible open spaces and plazas where the Esplanade community can be creative and exploratory. These open spaces also double as pedestrian-friendly connections between the main Esplanade building and other neighbouring amenities.

Flexibility is built into the auditorium and stage design and seating configurations to accommodate various types of performances and achieve different degrees of intimacy.

Blurring the boundary between the interior and the exterior, extending the waterfront experience into and within the building, invites spontaneous interaction with the public.


The facade design draws inspiration from the strong geometry of the pre-existing domes, to which intends to pay homage. The textures are influenced by the proscenium drapes and by the complexity of the stage infrastructure. The spaceframe overlooking the bay is shaped around a deconstructed chinese traditional shelving, injecting asian essence at domestic scale.

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