FU­TURE FIRST

DOWN­TOWN GALLERY OF­FERS A GLIMPSE OF WHAT THE RE­TAIL SCENE MAY HOLD IN THE YEARS TO COME, WITH NEW-TO-MAR­KET IDEAS AIMED AT EN­GAG­ING AU­DI­ENCES.

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So­cialKitchen This 4,000 sq ft space is where peo­ple can gather and cook in a so­cial set­ting. Fit­ted with culi­nary sta­tions and Smeg pro­fes­sional ap­pli­ances rang­ing from gas and in­duc­tion hobs to wine chillers, the kitchen al­lows users to bring their own in­gre­di­ents or or­der them via the Down­town Gallery app. The kicker? Help – in­clud­ing an in­house chef and clean­ing staff – is on hand if re­quired.

Beau­tyBar OUE bills this as “Sin­ga­pore’s first con­nected store”, and it’s where consumers can pre­view a ro­tat­ing range of skin­care and makeup, plus test looks on mir­rored dig­i­tal ter­mi­nals. Here, consumers can se­lect prod­ucts, make pay­ment, and have the ma­chine dis­pense the items im­me­di­ately.

Re:Store De­signed to change the way peo­ple in the CBD or­der and con­sume food, this two-storey con­cept cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Makan­su­tra guru KF See­toh boasts 120 “food lock­ers” and a com­mu­nal din­ing area. Din­ers or­der from a menu of Malay, Per­anakan, Filipino and her­itage street fare on the Down­town Gallery app be­fore pick­ing it up from an as­signed locker at a spec­i­fied time. The seat­ing area here is open to both Re:Store cus­tomers and the pub­lic.

TheGalleryEx­pe­ri­ence This “trend gallery” span­ning the ground floor of the mall is a show­case of per­ma­nent and pop-up stores and projects. It cov­ers a sprawl­ing 11,000 sq ft, with ten­ants that cur­rently in­clude Kick­starter prod­uct store We The Peo­ple, a hand­made shoe brand, an ar­ti­sanal jew­eller and more.

Fit­ness­fun In line with the mall’s ap­proach to a holis­tic liv­ing con­cept, more than a few fresh fit­ness con­cepts have made their de­but at Down­town Gallery, in­clud­ing Hong Kong’s pop­u­lar XYZ Cy­cle; Boul­der Move­ment, the CBD’s first climb­ing gym; and The Au­toBus, Sin­ga­pore’s first cy­cling hub and cy­cling cafe in the CBD.

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