Located next to the Marina Bay waterways and nestled between the Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Barrage, Satay by the Bay reinterprets the quintessential Singapore food centre.
The project celebrates the experience of outdoor dining allowing the users to enjoy the sea breeze and garden setting. A cool and comfortable environment, created by a covering of green plants, fits the project seamlessly within the context of the Gardens by the Bay. The unique roof form creates various spaces underneath for the patrons, evoking happy feelings. The well-conceived design with islands of cooking stalls encourage the users to walk in and around the gardens and pavilion to experience the place. Well-conceived central corridors and service areas ensure that the food centre functions efficiently. The raw materiality and carefully placed elements orchestrate the open space and help form a coherent and welcoming environment.
The Jury commends the practical and simple design that resonate well with local culture and modern style that is very much an expression of Singapore.
CHANG YONG TER
Satay by the Bay offers a refreshing dining and gathering experience that is unique in this part of the tropical city, and of this world.
Set within the enclave of Marina South, the design approach as compared to the Gardens by the Bay is different. Where the Gardens by the Bay is a superimposed diagram of a flower, the Satay by the Bay is more relational. It is a choreographed setting of lush green canopies, over an orchestrated network of meandering paths, plants and ponds in relation to the sea.
Within the same network are 27 stalls cleverly arranged in four islands serving various staples of hawker food. The stalls, surrounded by tables and chairs, are sited next to the gardens. The business and rituals of preparation, cooking, eating and washing occur in this natural and cordial surroundings.
It was during Lunar New Year when we had our reunion dinner here with my brother-in- law and his family, who had returned from Perth. The atmosphere of this place was filled with laughter and conversations and contrasted from smoky to breezy, boisterous to calm.
We enjoyed the sea, the curved edges of hanging plants, the permeating daylight and sea breeze, the dancing shadows of swaying down-lights, the scent of flowers, damp soil and the fragrance of freshly- cooked meals passing us by; as much as we enjoyed watching the hawkers preparing the dishes, kids playing with water and catching dragonflies as their parents tucked in to another round of satay.
Particularly for my brother-in-law, it was an experience unlike the food courts that he remembered, that are thematically designed or located in a shopping mall, nor the standard restaurant models that he visited overseas. The experience of the Satay by the Bay evoked a host of associations related to the gardens, the waters, the shades and the open air, and also the essence of the old Satay Club, where family and friends came together for food, for company and for merry- making. Satay by the Bay is a delightful and memorable experience of tropical dining in the outdoors, by the bay.