The Solar Orchid

This visionary concept for a floating hawker centre imagines a mobile, self-contained and sustainable pod that could ‘pop up’ in a variety of water locations around Singapore, or elsewhere. The concept proposes a way to reinvigorate the Singaporean hawker centre experience, and to reinstate the everyday relationship with the waterscape that once characterised Singaporean life. The proposal recalls the mobility of Singapore’s original hawkers (street vendors). Each lightweight solar-powered pod accommodates one cooking stall (with built-in exhaust, water, gas, electrical, waste collection and water recycling services) as well as table settings. The leaf-like canopy sheath incorporates solar-cell film, and would tilt to track the sun. Multiple pods could be clustered together in various formations to create hawker centres that respond to different locations and conditions.

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