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Old Changi Hospital Might Be Getting Turned Into A Stargazing Observatory

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Editor

Stargazing Old Changi Hospital

A proposal to turn the Old Changi Hospital into an aviation viewing deck and stargazing observatory has won a competition organised by URA and SLA.

The proposal called Ascending To The Sky, indicates success of the plan due to the low light pollution and high vantage point. Consequently, this would mean that the public could access the area to experience stargazing, plane spotting and nature.

Interestingly, the idea was brought to life by a team of four students. They consist of one student from Singapore Polytechnic and three other architecture students.

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Additionally, another proposal called Changi Point: Nature & Nurturing by April Valle and Artlheene Rivera, won first-place for a concept to remodel the surrounding Changi Point area. Wonderfully, the proposal includes creating a forest trail with indigenous plants, a coastal walk with seating for sunrise and sunset viewing, displays of public art, to name a few.

In April 2021, the competitions began, with students having to come up with ways of repurposing existing infrastructure in Singapore instead of depending on development work.

Overall, 134 submissions were received. For now, these clever proposals are just ideas and there is no set future plan to bring them to life. Do you think Old Changi Hospital remodeled into a stargazing observatory would be cool?

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